Beechcraft G36 Bonanza

Price: $759,000

Available: Since 2006

Range: 643 nautical miles (with four passengers)

The Beechcraft Bonanza is a single-engine piston that has been around longer than any other – it's been in constant production in one form or another since 1947. But Beechcraft has also steadily upgraded it along the way, so while it's still an ultrareliable workhorse, with seating for up to six, the most recent iteration has a higher-visibility glass wraparound windscreen and the kind of touchscreen-centric Garmin avionics that, according to JA Air's Scott Fank, is the single biggest draw (of small-plane features) for new pilots, who've likely never flown with older, purely analog instrumentation. [beechcraft.com]