1) Cessna 182 on Floats
Seaplane ratings are one of the least sought after ratings by pilots. They’re usually not needed to pursue most professional careers, so if people don’t need to spend money on them, they just don’t!
They’re most popular in places like Florida and Alaska where the landscape is better suited for the aircraft type.
Even cooler is the Icon, specifically the A5 model. There are lots of different planes that are fun to fly on the water, but my favorite has to be the Piper Super Cub of these 3 listed.
2) Cirrus SR22
I’m quoting one of my country coworkers when I say this (so read it in a southern accent): the SR22 is the ‘cat’s meow’ of general aviation. It truly cannot get any better than this. Cirrus set out to design something highly aerodynamic that, while even being a high weight, has a long glide range and fast TAS.
Cirrus are high-quality aircraft. Usually, they come with a hefty price tag, but they’re worth every penny.
Butterfly doors, a certified parachute, and spring-loaded controls as its own rudder gust lock system give it unique qualities. But the best thing is it’s just an easy plane to fly. While being a sleek plane, the checklists are still simple and operating procedures are easy to understand — there’s nothing in the systems that’s entirely different from something like a C172. You might have to learn FADEC or adjust to flying a constant-speed prop without having a manifold pressure lever, but most pilots get the hang of things in 2-3 flights.
3) Diamond DA 62
Well, do I need to say anything after you look at this picture? The DA 62 is without a doubt my favorite multi-engine general aviation type aircraft.
This is like the SR22: easy to fly, has great maneuverability, and is again the “cat’s meow” of flying! While the cirrus is easily a favorite single-engine piston type plane, this is the gold medalist of the multi-engine world (outside of turbojets). For those shopping for a plane that has good economic fuel burn but also has good speed to make it to different destinations across the states within a day: THIS.IS.IT.
I can’t say it enough, you don’t want to miss out on flying this plane! A single flight in these makes a multi-engine ticket worth it.
Any other ideas on planes to ask Santa for this year? There are always lots of fun aircraft to fly that are easily forgotten or not flown as much but are still such a blast.
Stay tuned and let us know what you guys get for Christmas! It’s always fun to see what pilots around the world get as gifts; unique people make for unique presents.