So you’ve decided to buy a used airplane! Congratulations. Now begins the funny part. What kind are you going to get? Well, that all depends on the type of flying you will typically be doing. Are you a family of four that will be taking couple hour trips to see relatives and go on vacation?
If so, the first thing that comes to mind when looking at aircraft for sale is a four place airplane. This might be a bad idea because of the amount of weight (useful load) that a four place aircraft can carry. Many airplanes that have four seats cannot hold a family of four with full fuel and luggage.
So what does this mean for you used aircraft search? If you will typically be carrying four people plus luggage, you may want to consider a six seat airplane instead. This is not so you can carry two extra people, but because a larger airplane will typically have a higher useful load. Now, you will be able to carry your family of four, the luggage you need for your trip, and enough fuel to get you there!