A light aircraft is an aircraft that has a maximum gross takeoff weight of 12,500 lb (5,670 kg) or less.
Many light aircraft are used commercially for passenger and freight transport, sightseeing, photography, and other similar roles as well as personal use.
Examples of light aircraft include:
Cessna, the entire range of propeller-driven aircraft from the Cessna 120 up through the Cessna 208
Piper Aircraft, all models
Beechcraft, the models such as the Beechcraft Bonanza and the Beechcraft Baron that are not jet propelled.
Others such as Cirrus Aircraft’s SR20 and SR22, the GippsAero GA8 Airvan, the Aviat Husky, the Robin DR400, and the civil aircraft from Grumman.
Examples of aircraft that are at the maximum gross takeoff weight for this category include the de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter and Beechcraft B200 Super King Air.
The many uses of light aircraft include aerial surveying, such as monitoring pipelines. They are also used for light cargo operations, such as “feeding” cargo hubs, as well as some passenger operations. Light aircraft are also used for marketing purposes, such as banner towing and skywriting. Primary flight instruction is also conducted in light aircraft. The majority of personal aircraft are light aircraft, the most popular in history being the Cessna 172, and most popular in modern history being the Cirrus SR22 and Robinson R44. Larger light aircraft, such as twin turboprops and very light jets are often used as business aircraft.
Because planes usually come at a premium price, even when used, plane sales are normally handled by sales agents. However, it may be possible to find aircraft for sale on classifieds sites or on websites for specialised aircraft sales.
Coming soon – a directory of plane sales agents in South Africa as well as a space to advertise aircraft for sale