So, you have outgrown your 4-seat aircraft.
More kids, more friends, more stuff—the time has come to look at something larger with six seats. And you are still cost conscious or just have not upgraded to a multi-engine rating.
There are four practical candidates in the six-seat single engine market that may provide the solution you are looking for—each with enough individual features to give you real choices. The six-seat class includes the Cessna 206, Piper Six, Beechcraft A36, and the Piper Malibu.
In the 1950s, the Air Force discussed the need for a small utility jet. Lockheed built the prototype JetStar in anticipation of the formal request for proposal, but the request was never issued. Lockheed decided to continue development and promote the JetStar as a business aircraft.A product of Kelly Johnson’s Skunk Works division, the JetStar (Lockheed designation L-1329 and L-329) went from concept to a flying prototype in 241 days. The JetStar’s first flight was in September 1957 and production aircraft entered service in 1961—just one year ahead of the smaller North American Sabreliner (first flight Sept 1958). The registration number of the first aircraft was N329J—the “J” was for Kelly Johnson.
The Aero Commander was a Class Leader that could not quite keep up with its markets. Aero Commander appeared to have it all: performance, ease of flight, passenger comfort, distinctive design, access to most airports, high-profile air show performances, first-to-market, even a Presidential endorsement... Despite its popularity, Aero Commander faced serious safety issues.
At AircraftSales.US, we love airplanes! We love looking at airplanes and we get to see hundreds every week. Once in a while, we come across some that we fall in love with, some that we think are a really good deal, some that we REALLY want to fly, and some that are just strange. The AN-2 is one of those aircraft.
Aside from actually buying an aircraft and maintaining it, one of the largest fixed costs you will face in owning private planes, or any aircraft, is the insurance. Insurance isn’t an option—it is a necessity. If you are financing the purchase of a new or used aircraft, there will likely be a minimum amount of insurance that you will have to carry. And while the cost to ensure your aircraft may seem excessive at first blush, it pales in comparison to the cost associated with covering a loss—especially if the loss injures a passenger or damages property on the ground.