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Hawker Beechcraft Beechcraft Premier II

The Premier II, expected to start deliveries by late 2012 or early 2013, takes the IA to the next level—literally. The II will climb to 45,000 feet, where fuel burns more efficiently and fewer headwinds slow progress. The new model also intends to increase range by as much as 20 percent and boost the maximum […]

Cirrus Aircraft Vision SF50

Cirrus continues to work on its Vision SF50 jet with hopes of starting deliveries in 2013. Tight funding has slowed progress, but the company has said it plans to spend 2011 building a conforming prototype. The prototype will incorporate design changes gleaned from several hundred hours of flying the current test vehicle, and will provide […]

Viking Air DHC-6 Twin Otter

De Havilland stopped building the Twin Otter more than 20 years ago, but hundreds are still flying, and now a Canadian company is building brand-new updated versions. The tough twin turboprop can handle short runways, and it can be accessorized with skis or amphibious floats to reach just about anywhere on the planet. The cabin […]

Gulfstream G450

The G450, a successor to the company’s best-selling GIV series, stands out for its range and extra-long cabin, which stretches 45 feet from end to end. The G450 boasts ample room for up to 16 passengers, with berths for six. Multiple heating zones cater to individual comfort on longer trips, and the extra-large cabin windows, […]

Cessna Skyhawk 172S

The 172S is the most recent incarnation of the Skyhawk, a model that Cessna has delivered more than 43,000 examples of in various iterations since its introduction in 1955—making this single-engine piston-driven aircraft one of the world’s most popular. Cessna has kept such high sales figures by continuing to upgrade the Skyhawk’s classic high-wing design […]

Piper Aircraft Matrix

The Matrix is basically the same as Piper’s 1980s-era Malibu Mirage, but with an unpressurized cabin and a smaller price tag. This offering initially seemed unlikely to wow buyers, but in 2008, its first year of production, the Matrix nearly outsold the rest of Piper’s piston aircraft line combined. Buyers saw the airplane not as […]

Gulfstream G350

The G350, introduced in 2005, aims to provide a choice for travelers who like the spacious cabin of the bigger Gulfstream jets but don’t need the long-range performance. The three-zone stand-up cabin is essentially the same as in the G450, stretching more than seven feet wide and 45 feet long, with wide oval windows, 100 […]

Cessna Citation X

The Citation X has long held the title of fastest civilian aircraft (although Gulfstream is working to usurp that spot with its G650, scheduled to start deliveries in 2012). If you have the freedom to fly unrestricted direct, four hours is plenty of time to reach New York from Los Angeles in the X. The […]

Piper Aircraft Malibu Mirage

With its pressurized cabin, Piper Aircraft’s Mirage makes the flight levels a comfortable place for the piston pilot to travel above the weather and traffic at 25,000 feet. Lycoming’s TIO-540-AE2A piston engine performs efficiently even at lower altitudes, for added mission flexibility. Buyers can choose either the Garmin G1000 or Avidyne’s Entegra for avionics systems. […]

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