Naturally, the most affordable jets to fly will be among the smallest. All five on this list range from very light to light jets, each of which can be flown by a single pilot. The numbers below, provided by Aircraft Cost Calculator, are based on worldwide averages under the assumption that each aircraft is being flown 200,000 miles a year, operating with a single pilot making $74,100 annually, with the cost of fuel at $5 per gallon. Obviously, those numbers won’t hold true for everybody. The purpose of this blog is simply to be used as a reference when comparing your most affordable options.

Eclipse EA500/EA550 | $441,043.47 – $446,927.17

Passengers – 5
Cruise Speed – 359 knots

FIXED ANNUAL

Crew – $74,100.00
Hangar – $14,135.00
Insurance – $21,200.00
Training – $13,162.50

DIRECT HOURLY

Fuel – $340.00 (68 gal/hr at $5/gal)
Maintenance – $331.49
Total Per Hour – $671.49

Total Fixed Annual – $122,597.50
Total Direct Annual – $324,329.67

Total Annual Cost – $446,927.17

 

HondaJet HA-420 | $469,335.52

Passengers – 5
Cruise Speed – 420 knots

FIXED ANNUAL

Crew – $74,100.00
Hangar – $22,035.00
Insurance – $18,766.00
Training – $13,845.00

DIRECT HOURLY

Fuel – $540.00 (108 gal/hr at $5/gal)
Maintenance – $282.68
Total Per Hour – $822.68

Total Fixed Annual – $128,746.00
Total Direct Annual – $340,589.52

Total Annual Cost – $469,335.52

For an in-depth review of the HondaJet from a HondaJet pilot, check out René Banglesdorf’s interview with Dave Moore, where they talk performance, range, ideal missions, and much more!

Citation Mustang | $522,789.84

Passengers – 5
Cruise Speed – 331 knots

FIXED ANNUAL

Crew – $74,100.00
Hangar – $23,302.50
Insurance – $13,377.00
Training – $13,162.50

DIRECT HOURLY

Fuel – $405.00 (81 gal/hr at $5/gal)
Maintenance – $356.16
Total Per Hour – $761.16

Total Fixed Annual – $123,942.00
Total Direct Annual – $398,847.84

Total Annual Cost – $522,789.84

 

Embraer Phenom 100 | $527,581.80

Passengers – 5
Cruise Speed – 361 knots

FIXED ANNUAL

Crew – $74,100.00
Hangar – $22,522.50
Insurance – $15,912.00
Training – $13,162.50

DIRECT HOURLY

Fuel – $495.00 (99 gal/hr at $5/gal)
Maintenance – $342.26
Total – $837.26

Total Fixed Annual – $125,697.00
Total Direct Annual – $401,884.80

Total Annual Cost – $527,581.80

 

Citation M2 | $576,394.26

Passengers – 6
Cruise Speed – 393 knots

FIXED ANNUAL

Crew – $74,100.00
Hangar – $26,715.00
Insurance – $17,140.50
Training – $12,870.00

DIRECT HOURLY

Fuel – 605.00 (121 gal/hr at $5/gal)
Maintenance – $405.36
Total Per Hour – $1,010.36

Total Fixed Annual – $130,825.00
Total Direct Annual – $445,568.76

Total Annual Cost – $576,394.26

 

The following aircraft barely missed the cut for the top five most affordable jets to fly (total annual cost included):

Citation CJ1/CJ1+ | $604,343.88 – $608,952.66
Citation CJ2/CJ2+ | $606,362.52 – $638,942.60
Premier 1A | $615,121.10
Citation CJ3/CJ3+ | $675,148.56 – $680,367.84
Citation Bravo | $688,981.20

 

For more detailed information on these and other single-pilot aircraft, check out our Buyers’ Guide for Single-Pilot Planes.

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