Piston Single Aircraft - Aircraft Manufacturers and Aircraft Models

From the dawn of powered flight, all aircraft were powered by piston (also known as reciprocating) engines until the debut of the first gas turbine engine in August 1939. Piston engines are descendants of steam engines which utilize heat to produce steam pressure in order to generate rotational motion. Modern piston engines utilize a similar methodology. In general, piston-powered aircraft are smaller in size than those backed by a turbine engine. Single piston aircraft seat no more than six passengers. They are ideal for relatively short operations of 300 miles or less. On the other hand, turboprop aircraft have larger dimensions with greater seating capacity and are able to store more on-board fuel to conduct flights of at least 1,000 miles. For fuel, piston-powered aircraft tend to use 100 octane low-leaded fuel. Since they are usually not pressurized, piston-powered aircraft are restricted to service ceilings of 12,000 feet or less unless an oxygen system is used by the pilot and passengers. Turbine-powered aircraft, on the other hand, are most efficient at altitudes of 20,000 to 30,000 feet while flying at speeds of up to 250 to 300 knots. Piston-powered aircraft, being weaker, fly at around 200 knots.

The two most popular manufacturers of piston aircraft engines are Teledyne Continental Motors and Textron Lycoming. Both companies utilize similar designs incorporating comparable technologies and metallurgies. Piston engines from both companies consist of a horizontally-opposed, air-cooled design with fastened aluminum case halves. These halves are bolted onto cylinders with sand cast aluminum heads attached onto nitride steel barrels. A Continental engine and a Lycoming engine are both integrated with fixed-timed dual magneto ignition systems, valve trains with overhead rocker arms, shrouded hollow pushrods, and hydraulic valve lifters. They also possess comparable compression ratios, comparable RPM (revolutions per minute) red-lines, and comparable power-to-displacement ratios. Piston engines from both Continental and Lycoming boast similar records of reliability and longevity.

Piston Single Aircraft Manufacturers List

Piston Single Aircraft By Model

Submit a Quote and We'll Get Back to You with a Quick Response

Guaranteed quotes back within 15 minutes, 24/7x365

Please Contact us to Receive an Instant Quotation

Why Choose Us?

Cost Effective

Warrantied inventory at
competitive prices

Quick Search

Search the world’s largest inventory of civil aviation components by manufacturer, category, or part number

Quality Assured

We sell only warrantied
and traceable parts

Fastest Delivery

All inventory ready to ship
from our sellers

Semiconductor’s Certifications and Memberships

Civil Aviation Aircraft
No China Parts The only independent
distributor with a
Aircraft Engine
USA Flag
  • All Orders are Fulfilled in the U.S.A.
  • All shipments must comply with U.S.A. export laws.
  • No exceptions.
Fallen Heroes Fund
Fallen Heros Fund Logo

“We Proudly Support Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund that serves United States Military Personal experiencing the Invisible Wounds of War : Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress (PTS). Please visit website (www.fallenheroesfund.org) and help in their valiant effort”.

Thank You for Visiting.

We Hope that You Will Visit Us Again the Next Time You Need Aircraft Parts and Make Us Your Strategic Purchasing Partner.

Request for Quote

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the amazing experience on our website. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it.