Did you know that the Federal Aviation Administration provides services to 2.7 million airline passengers in the USA each day?

If that reminder of airport overcrowding brings you out in a cold sweat, you may want to consider getting your own wings.

Whether a private plane or a single-engine plane, more people are getting into personal air transportation than ever before.

If you are one of these, take a look at the 10 best single-engine planes you can buy in 2019.

Cessna Skycatcher

We start with probably the most famous name in single engine airplane design and construction. Cessna has become famous for its small accessible aircraft models.

The Skycatcher has become particularly well known to newbies to flying due to extremely beginner-friendly Garmin-built avionics and displays.

Its small size and limited range mean it will not be popular amongst businesspeople with a long range in mind. However, it is the perfect start for someone wishing to purchase their first plane.

Icon A5 Amphibious Light Sport Aircraft

Do you need the capability to land on both dry ground and water? If yes this is the plane for you. After manual removal of the landing gear, it can land amphibiously and dock like a small to the medium sized boat.

It has a mid-plane mounted engine, meaning the prop is somewhere behind the driver’s heads. It also features a full-sized parachute.

Cessna TTx

Looking to take the family or friends on a trip? The Cessna is the station wagon of the air with 4 seats and a range that will allow you to fly anywhere domestically. It has a particularly valuable safety feature.

If the pilot becomes in some way incapacitated the Electronic stability and Protection autopilot will kick in to prevent stalling or other loss of control.

Beechcraft G36 Bonanza

If you are looking for a reliable name in the single-engine plane world, this model is it. The Beechcraft Bonanza has been around in one shape or another for over 70 years.

Of course, technology has changed during that time and the Bonanza has been upgraded. Its latest iteration includes a pure touchscreen control center that is reputed to be intuitive to even the newest of pilots.

Pilatus PC-12 NG

If you have a budget that stretched to over $4.000.000 then you can purchase this 9-seater, pressurized-cabin single-engine plane with a range of over 1500 miles.

This has the hallmark of a reliable plane as this model is used by everyone from commercial airlines to reportedly US Special Forces.

Cirrus Vision SF50

This single-engine beauty has a lot more to offer than its modest initial looks. With an impressive range of 1100 nautical miles and a top speed of 300 knots, this has more than enough kick to get you where you need to go.

Further, despite its small appearance, there is space for up to 5 adults and 2 children comfortably.


Boasting a high altitude flight of 25,000 feet and speeds of up to 242 knots the Mooney Ultra is a serious contender.

By upgrading the front section with a composite shell, they have been able to provide larger and lower windows and thus improve visibility.


If a sparkling safety record is something you value highly then Diamond may be the choice you are looking for. After over a decade of operations, it boasts a record of only one fatal accident per 1,000 aircraft-years.

This is not to say it is a slouch, it is a quick single engines plane with excellent handling.


With the latest in intuitive Garmin technology, the Piper M350 is a leader in simplistic cockpit design.

If you are also looking for a plane with an impressive performance at high altitudes, the Piper can handle flight impressively at up to 25,000 ft in pressurized comfort.


If you are looking for a plane that is synonymous with reliability and one of the best-selling planes in the world, this may be your answer.  You will likely have seen the 172 in a hanger near you at some stage.

If this lack of exclusivity does not bother you, you can benefit from the widespread knowledge available regarding this model. It will not be difficult to find parts or a mechanic to fit them.

More Than Just a Single-Engine Plane

If you are interested in learning more about airplane purchasing and valuations, why not check out our blog.

Whether you are in the market for a single-engine plane or a helicopter, we have reliable advice that can help you make the right decision.