List of backcountry aircraft

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Bush planes by definition are simply planes that are purpose-built or modified for operation in unimproved areas. This could include rough surfaces, water, or snow-- basically to accomodate naturally occuring landing zones that lack improvement by civilization. Another important characteristic of bush planes is favorable performance for short takeoff and landing. This is primarily achieved by using a wing and flap designed to help reduce stall speed and slow speed handling characteristics. Access to hunting and fishing grounds often mean operating from a very short river bar or ridge top, and the ability to land and takeoff in that short distance, while carrying a load, is critical.

For the purpose of this index, we've separated aircraft into 2 main categories: 2-seat and 4-seat. This is often a primary deciding factor in choosing an aircraft, and affects everything from utility to fuel economy. The second categorization is airworthiness category: Certified or Experimental Amateur-built. To be used commercially for Part 135 charter operations, an aircraft must be in the Certified category. Private owners may find value in building their own or being unrestricted by Type certificate when it comes to adding modifications.


  • American Champion 7GCBC Citabria
  • American Champion 8GCBC Scout
  • Arctic Tern
  • Aviat Husky
  • Cessna 120/140
  • Cessna 150/152
  • CubCrafters Sport Cub/Carbon Cub (LSA)
  • CubCrafters Top Cub
  • Piper J-3 Cub / PA-11 Cub Special
  • Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser
  • Piper PA-14 Family Cruiser
  • Piper PA-18 Super Cub

Experimental Amateur-built

  • Bearhawk LSA (LSA)
  • Bearhawk Patrol
  • BushCaddy L162
  • CubCrafters Carbon Cub EX
  • ICP Savannah (LSA)
  • Just Highlander and SuperSTOL (LSA)
  • Kitfox Super Sport 7 (LSA)
  • Murphy Rebel
  • Nando Groppo Trial (LSA)
  • Rans S6 Coyote (LSA)
  • Rans S7 Courier (LSA)
  • Rans S20 Raven (LSA)
  • Zenith CH701 (LSA)
  • Zentih CH750 (LSA)


Experimental Amateur-built

  • Cessna 205
  • Cessna 206
  • Cessna 207
  • de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver
  • Found Bush Hawk
  • Helio Courier

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