Cessna 172/182

Cessna 172 Skyhawk and 182 Skylane

Cessna 172 Skyhawk Cessna 182 Skylane

Cessna continues to emphasize the tried and true, easy to fly, roomy, airplane that you can land almost anywhere. These are basically the airplanes that you learned to fly in -- but better. They have state-of-the-art avionics, plush interiors, improved aerodynamics, and more horsepower that gives better cruise and climb speeds than their predecessors. The 182 comes in a turbocharged model that will hit 200mph up in the low flight levels.

A reasonably equipped 172SP starts at about $180K, where a well equipped 182 will come in around $280K. Adding a turbo will add about $40K to the Skylane's price.