What do you envision when you picture the fastest single-pilot aircraft in the world?

Whether you’re interested in range, luxurious amenities, or configuration for business travel, many of the fastest single-pilot aircraft combine them all to make flying an incredible experience.

If money were no object and because we’re dreaming big, this is our list of the top 11 fastest single-pilot aircraft on the market.

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Top 11 Fastest Single-Pilot Aircraft Around The World

The following is a brief look at the top 11 fastest single-pilot aircraft in the world, in no particular order. Starting off local to the United States is…

1. Cirrus SR22T

Approved for single-pilot use, Cirrus’s latest SR22T features remote keyless entry, Electronic Stability and Protection (ESP), and, of course, the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System® (CAPS®). This aircraft has a maximum cruise speed of 213 ktas.

2. Cirrus G2+ Vision Jet

Adding another contender from Cirrus – their G2+ Vision Jet makes the list with a maximum cruise speed of 311 ktas. This award-winning single-engine aircraft combines speed and comfort featuring family, executive, and complete seating for your preference. It also includes tech-savvy touches like inflight Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and SiriusXM Weather and Radio just to name a few.

3. Cessna Citation CJ3+

Cessna’s Citation CJ3+ gives pilots touchscreen technology with a Garmin G3000 avionics suite. Its Enhanced Vision System (EVS) and Garmin Touch Control (GTC) make flying intuitive and efficient. With room for up to 9 passengers and a lavatory, the CJ3+ has a maximum cruise speed of 416 ktas.

4. Cessna Citation CJ4 Gen2

Another pick from Cessna is the Citation CJ4 Gen2. This aircraft seats up to 10 total and is equipped with a state-of-the-art Collins Aerospace Pro Line 21 avionics suite. This top-notch technology includes weather tracking and an Enhanced Ground Proximity warning system. Premier interior options feature quartz countertops and quilted leather seating. And, yes, there is a lavatory on board. This Citation has a maximum cruise speed of 451 ktas.

5. Piper M600/SLS

Capable of reaching a maximum cruise speed of 274 ktas, Piper’s M600 is an impressive single-engine pressurized turboprop. Its interior includes Garmin’s G3000 avionics display and several added safety features such as its all-new HALO Safety System to enhance situational awareness and offer autonomous safety features that can also be manually engaged.

  • Manufacturer: Piper
  • Base Price (2023): $3,605,498

6. Beechcraft Bonanza G36

With a maximum cruise speed of 174 ktas, Beechcraft’s Bonanza G36 is a piston engine certified for single-pilot use. Its spacious interior also allows 4 different arrangements for its club seating carrying a total of 6 people onboard. You’ll find G1000 NXi avionics and a sleek glass touchscreen display.

  • Manufacturer: Beechcraft
  • Average Estimated Price: $880,000

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7. Raytheon/Beechcraft Premier 1A

This single-pilot business jet, also known as the “little big jet”, can reach a maximum cruise speed of up to 451 ktas. A total of 156 were produced from 2006 to 2012. If you’re able to fly in one, you’ll notice this 6-seater aircraft features a Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite and plenty of interior comforts like independent heat controls. Plus, its Airshow flight information display allows you to watch TV and listen to music while you fly.

8. Pilatus PC-12 NGX

All Pilatus aircraft are certified for single-pilot operation. However, we’ve chosen the latest “world’s greatest single” coming from Switzerland – better known as the Pilatus PC-12 NGX. Designed from its predecessor, the PC-12, the PC-12 NGX began production in 2020 and is able to reach a maximum cruise speed of up to 290 ktas. Looking for more room? Here’s an honorable mention for the Pilatus PC-24, the first 12-seat Super Versatile Jet (SVJ) capable of reaching a maximum speed of up to 440 ktas.

  • Manufacturer: Pilatus Aircraft
  • Base Price (2023): $6,020,000 (PC-12 NGX) / $12,200,000 (PC-24)

9. Embraer Phenom 100EV

Designed for single-pilot operations, Embraer’s Phenom 100EV has a maximum cruise speed of up to 406 ktas. Capable of flying up to 7 total passengers, including the flight crew, there is also additional storage space for luggage and other personal belongings. This aircraft includes Prodigy Touch avionics, which was inspired by Garmin’s 3000 system.

  • Manufacturer: Embraer
  • Average Estimated Price: $2,850,000

10. Embraer Phenom 300E

Embraer’s 10-seater Phenom 300E has been the best-selling light jet for over a decade. Its Oval Lite® cabin allows extra head and legroom while letting as much natural light in as possible. Capable of reaching a top speed of Mach .80 and a maximum cruise speed of up to 464 ktas, this aircraft also includes Prodigy Touch avionics. Designed with luxury and performance in mind, seating is configurable for both business and ultimate relaxation.

  • Manufacturer: Embraer
  • Average Estimated Price: $7,395,000

11. HondaJet Elite II

Welcoming the latest addition from Honda Aircraft Company is the HondaJet Elite II with a maximum cruise speed of 422 ktas. Falling under the very light jet category, this single-pilot-approved aircraft offers an immersive audio experience throughout the entire cabin without a speaker in sight. Its two-toned executive club seating swivel for optimal comfort. Interior technology includes Garmin® Autoland, Autothrottle, and an Advanced Steering and Augmentation System (ASAS).

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