Buying an airplane

Here is a list of sites that I found that have aircrafts for sale:

  1. Aircraft Shopper Online – I like this site because you can search by aircraft type with a list. For example, this single engine prop aircraft list.
  2. Controller – nice list of aircraft for sale.
  3. Trade-a-plane – This has a list similar to Aircraft Shopper, but this doesn’t specify the model number in the same way for the single engine aircrafts.

New PPL Aircraft List

I wanted to put together a list of aircrafts that I thought might be good for a first time buyer or someone with a fresh PPL. My considerations were pretty simple as I wanted something somewhat affordable as well as something that would not only help build my flight hours, but also something I could actually use with family/friends. I narrowed it down to the following:


  1. Capable of transporting myself and 3 others max (with light luggage for short trips)
  2. Around the $50K ballpark price.
  3. Low overhead as far as anticipated expenses and maintenence.

Aircrafts (not in order)

  • Cessna 172
  • Cessna 177
  • Cessna 180
  • Cessna 185
  • Cessna 182
  • Cessna 182
  • Cessna 206
  • Mooney M20
  • Piper Archer
  • Piper Arrow
  • Piper Cherokee 140/150/160
  • Piper Cherokee 180
  • Piper Cherokee 235
  • Piper Cherokee Six (260/300)
  • Piper Lance


  • Airframe & Power Systems Information

This is going to be your engine & Props

  • Maintenance Condition
  • Avionics
  • Equipment
  • Logs

Terminology & Other Factors

  • Annual Inspection Due
  • Useful Load
  • Tank Size
  • Range
  • Speed
  • Engine
  • Prop
  • SMOH -Hours Since Major Overhaul
  • SFOH – Hours Since Factory Overhaul
  • SPOH – Hours Since Prop Overhaul


Found in Cessna 172 Listings

  • King KX 175B with VOR Indictor
  • King KT76A Transponder
  • Pilot Yoke PTT Switch

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