Single Engine Piston aircraft have been produced in large numbers since the 1920s, and are ideal for journeys transporting as many as four people up to 300 nautical miles. Today they are enjoyed by trainee pilots, flying enthusiasts, and entrepreneurs around the world. Often considered the entry point for aircraft ownership, single engine piston aircraft are powered by economical piston powerplants, and their lower operating costs and purchase prices are a big part of their attraction. The variety of makes and models available on the market are almost as extensive as their possible use and performance parameters. The cost to buy one will depend on whether you are shopping the new or used market, the age of the aircraft and its condition. There are dozens of current and past manufacturers of single engine piston aircraft, but some of the household names still active today include Beechcraft, Cessna, Cirrus, Diamond, Mooney and Piper.