How to Buy a Single-Engine Airplane

How to Buy a Single-Engine Airplane

by Scott Smith




An aircraft purchase is a complex undertaking filled with pragmatic and emotional considerations. Lose sight of your original objective and you may find yourself the owner of an aircraft that does more than you need, costs more than you can afford, or is more difficult to operate than you expected. Pilot and aviation writer Scott "Sky" Smith takes the mystery out of the process, guiding prospective buyers through the maze of decisions and temptations they will encounter en route to owning a single-engine aircraft. Smith begins by urging the reader to assess their values, needs, and desires. Then, he details, the rest of the process, from locating the aircraft that's just right to assessing its value and financing and insuring it. The author also provides a wealth of information that explains the lingo of the aircraft market and what one can expect once they purchase the single-engine airplane of their dreams.

Next, Smith presents 49 single-engine aircraft available on both the new and used markets, ranging from the 1939 fabric-covered Piper Cub to the current Socata TB20 with its stylish curves and retractable landing gear. Whether it's a high-wing, low-wing, taildragger, tricycle-gear, or retractable gear, each aircraft is accompanied by photos and a table featuring performance and design specifications, as well as five-star ratings for cost of operation, comfort, cruise speed, useful load, and parts availability. Beechcraft, Cessna, Grumman, Commander, Aeronca, American Champion, Diamond, Piper, and more -- they're all here. And the wealth of information featured will prove invaluable not only to the first-time buyer, but also to the veteran pilot aquiring his or her second, third, or fourth aircraft.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780760310083
Publisher: Motorbooks
Publication date: 01/28/2002
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 7.29(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.33(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Selecting the Aircraft That's Right for You6
Chapter 2Before You Buy22
Chapter 3What to Ask27
Chapter 4Two-Seat Simple Fixed-Gear Aircraft44
Chapter 5Four-Seat Simple Fixed-Gear Aircraft75
Chapter 6Four- and Six-Seat High-Performance Complex Aircraft98

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