10 Smallest Airplanes You Can Actually Buy in 2018 (Honest Review)

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If you have always been convinced that an airplane could be owned by someone extremely rich, you might have been a little wrong.

What if we told you that small aircraft are actually priced on average at around $150,000, which is on par with some luxury cars. Moreover, there are even cheaper do it yourself options available for true aviation enthusiasts, that allow to save even more money, by building a plane from kit components.

Today we will be reviewing 10 small flying vessels that are perfect for air travel adventures, have lower price than you might have expected from vehicles that actually fly, and deliver fantastic experience of operating your personal plane.

Compact aircraft that have been featured in this video:

Blackwing 600 RG and FG: blackwing.aero

Blackwing 600 RG is small aircraft with a typical for its class 100 hp Rotax 912 ULS four-cylinder engine. It is the first model to have a VNE of 248.54 mph and a cruising speed of 172 mph

Stream: tl-ultralight.cz/en/ultralight-aircraft/stream

This unique plane is the latest creation of the Check company TL Ultralight that combines all of the previous experience, knowledge and craftsmanship that the company has accumulated throughout the years of operation since 1989.

STOL CH 650: zenithair.net/photos-ch650

Zenith CH 650 is a DIY aircraft. It is offered with four types of engines Zenith’s pricing is moderate and starts from $50,000.

X-Cub from Cubcrafters: cubcrafters.com/xcub

This is one of the latest entries to fleet of Cubcrafters that is able to check every box on the aviation enthusiast’s adventures list.

Pipistrel Panthera: panthera-aircraft.com/gallery

Panthera is a Slovenian aircraft that stands out from the crowd by being able to carry up to four people, while still remaining super-efficient with only 10 gallons per hour fuel consumption.

P2002 Sierra MkII AUL: tecnam.com/aircraft/p2002-sierra-mkii-aul

The latest P2002 Sierra comes with a decent lightweight aircraft package offering improved cabin layout, top of the line avionics, new interior options and a re-designed cowling for the engine.

American Super Legend: legend.aero/shop

Super Legend HP is one of the most powerful airplanes offered by American Legend Company. With a 180 hp Titan O-340 4-cylinder, it price is $169,900.

Icon A5 iconaircraft.com/a5

As per the mutual agreement of aircraft fans the Icon A5 is the flying vessel where art meets aviation. It is a two seater high-wing monoplane that has a carbon fiber frame, foldable wings and retractable undercarriage.

Sport Cruiser: zechsportaircraft.com/en/sport-cruiser

Sport Cruiser is one of the most popular lightweight planes on the market today with a large community of pilots around the globe. By some accounts this is the best LSA available for purchase that combines all of the key features and more.

Akoya from Lisa Airplanes: lisa-airplanes.com/en/multimedia

Akoya is a natural combination if unparalleled performance, versatility and sleek design. As the manufacturer claims they have an airplane on their hands that totally re-invents the light aviation.

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  1. ICON A5 PRICING UPDATE: The 2018 model year of this aircraft costs from $269,000 for the base model and $389,000 for the fully loaded model. We apologize for any inconvenience.
    The popularity of air travel is continuously growing but if you thing that private air transport is just for the rich, we have something to show here. Here are 10 small aircraft that you can actually buy and some of them cost no more than a luxury SUV. So what do you think about these tiny airplanes?

  2. I have a lovely 59 carat blue diamond I would gladly trade for the last one.. amphibious capabilities and a number of other features I like.. rear mounted powerplant and prop for less noise… but it's a puller not a pusher ,which is, I think, more efficient use of power

  3. The review is really good, because it it factual , but it's so sad: We are living in a world where anyone gets very excited when sees that something is "honest". Why? Because, unlike you, most people are paid by crap companies to do crap, fake reviews that put their product in good light. Not a million comments like this could change this sad reality, but if anyone agrees with me, they should like this comment, and dislike it if he disagrees.

  4. Do aircraft designers understand one of the most basic principles of General Aviation? Affordability!
    All these aircraft are ridiculously overpriced. Better off with a good used.
    And, what's with all the glass instrument panels on these designs that are so slow and unfit for serious IFR? If the glass is cheap, ok. If not, forget it.

  5. JUST ABOUT ALL CESSNAS AND PIPERS are a LOT smaller than these rather large examples of private planes. To call them the 10 smallest is just ignorant.

  6. You can buy the Terrafugia also…FAA approved car that turns into a plane. Been available for a few years now.

  7. A5 could be my favorite so sad that it doesn't have a cockpit. Its interior design looks like a honda fit. I prefer to fly an accord. I wish they will change its interior which will look like a real a/c

  8. Haha!.. Sorry man, I will remain convinced that a private plane is for the rich.. Act like $150,000 is no big thing, "on par with some luxury cars" Luxury cars which are targeted toward, that's right, the wealthy! And a car is everyday usable. More, shall I say "down to earth". a private plane is much more of a luxury, as I'm sure dude isn't factoring in the expense of things like annual inspections and maintenance, hanger fees etc.

    Then follow that up with the first pick, a $300,000 plane, for basically, a toy… Do you guys know the difference between wealthy/rich and not rich? Realistically, all these pics are terrible.. The best choices for "Private planes average people can actually buy" would be a much more boring selection of partially roached out Cessna 150's 172's etc.. At around 30-50K, but of course that would not make for a very exciting youtube vid.

  9. I'm sorry but these are most certainly not small or cheap! Even for the certified aircraft world, and if you're keen enough to get yourself a homebuilt (either build one yourself or buy a low time built one), you can get yourself flying at a fraction of the price of any of these.
    I built my VW powered Sonex for less than $25k. It is aerobatic and will outperform all of these. Anybody who wants to learn more about this plane, just check out my channel.

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