Light aircraft are used commercially for passenger and freight transport, sightseeing, photography, and other roles, as well as personal use.
Examples of light aircraft include:
- Beechcraft, the models such as the Beechcraft Bonanza and Beechcraft Baron that are not jet propelled.
- Cessna, the entire range of propeller-driven aircraft from the Cessna 120 up through the Cessna 208.
- Cirrus, Diamond, Mooney, and Piper—all models.
- Others such as the GippsAero GA8 Airvan, Aviat Husky, Robin DR400, and the civil aircraft from Grumman.
Uses include aerial surveying, such as monitoring pipelines, light cargo operations, such as "feeding" cargo hubs, and passsenger operations. Light aircraft are used for marketing purposes, such as banner towing and skywriting, and flight instruction. The majority of personal aircraft are light aircraft, the most popular in history being the Cessna 172, and most popular in modern history being the Cirrus SR22 and Robinson R44. Larger light aircraft, such as twin turboprops and very light jets are often used as business aircraft.