Single- and multiengine piston aircraft form the heart of general aviation.
From training airplanes to personal transport, single- and multiengine piston-powered aircraft combine to form the core of general aviation. Most pilots complete the first stage of their training--and perhaps a private pilot certificate alone--in a light single-engine trainer. From that beginning, the piston airplane that fits the mission ranges from sightseeing VFR day cruisers to long-distance travelling platforms. Manufacturers such as Cirrus, Piper, Textron Aviation, Tecnam, and Aviat produce new piston aircraft while legendary names such as Mooney, Maule, Beechcraft, Cessna, and Socata are always great options.