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What Aircraft Did You Get Your PPL In?  
User currently offlineTony Lu From China, joined Sep 2000, 534 posts, RR: 2
Posted (7 years 9 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4743 times:

I'm starting my PPL training in a Piper PA 38-112 Tomahawk. Hopefully, it won't live up to its nickname: the traumahawk.

What a/c did you get your PPL in? Please share your experiences.

[Edited 2007-01-22 21:44:53]

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User currently offlineDoor5Right From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 707 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4734 times:

Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee at Glasgow Flying Club.

Memories, memories!



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User currently offlineN231YE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4728 times:

Well, statistics say that around 50% of pilots earn their PPL in a Cessna (172 I believe).

Quoting Tony Lu (Thread starter):
I'm starting my PPL training in a Piper PA 38-112 Tomahawk. Hopefully, it won't live up to its nickname: the traumahawk.

I love the "traumahawk!"


User currently offlineTupolevTu154 From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 2185 posts, RR: 28
Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4725 times:

Quoting Tony Lu (Thread starter):
I'm starting my PPL training in a Piper PA 38-112 Tomahawk. Hopefully, it won't live up to its nickname: the traumahawk.

I'm also doing my training in the "Terrorhawk", and personally I prefer it to the C152!


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Tom Big grin



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User currently offlineIahflyr From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4722 times:

The old C172....guess it was actually new back then!  Smile

Quoting N231YE (Reply 2):
I love the "traumahawk!"

Great name for sure



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User currently offlineTony Lu From China, joined Sep 2000, 534 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 2 days ago) and read 4721 times:

How does the Traumahawk compare with the Cessnas? Any outstanding differences?

User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4712 times:
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152 here.


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User currently offlineN231YE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 9 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4708 times:

Quoting Tony Lu (Reply 5):
How does the Traumahawk compare with the Cessnas? Any outstanding differences?

More unstable compared to a Cessna. But, as an old instructor once said;

"An unstable airplane [PA38-112] makes a stable pilot...likewise, a stable airplane [C172] makes an unstable pilot"


User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7643 posts, RR: 35
Reply 8, posted (7 years 9 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4706 times:

I flew the 152 for my PPL, including this bird (when it belonged to Southern Interior Flight Center in YLW)...


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I didn't fly the 172 until I started my CPL. Used a PA 34T for my multi-engine.



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User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 9, posted (7 years 9 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4686 times:

Quoting N231YE (Reply 7):
"An unstable airplane [PA38-112] makes a stable pilot...likewise, a stable airplane [C172] makes an unstable pilot"

I am always stable, not sure at times what the aircraft is doing though!  laughing 



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User currently offlineZBBYLW From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 1986 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (7 years 9 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4685 times:

Quoting Tony Lu (Reply 5):
How does the Traumahawk compare with the Cessnas? Any outstanding differences?

Well aperently the spins can get quite exciting... It has a tendency to flatten out, I know of a guy who had to have him and his passanger unbuckle their seatbelt and lean on the dash inorder to get it out of the spin, I know this is not BS because the guy is 100% honest, no reason to lie and I have heard this quite abit about the Tomahawk.

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 6):

152 here.

With you on this 2H4 the 152 is a great airplane... fun to spin, fun to turn on its side and fun in the x-wind. Then when I started flying the citabria (after my ppl) It was more fun to spin, more fun to turn on its side (and other things  Wink) and at times can be very exciting in a stiff x-wind you really have to be on the ball.

Cheers Chris



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User currently offlineThePinnacleKid From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 725 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (7 years 9 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4675 times:

I had the following aircraft in the following order.. it's a little backward than conventional wisdom... but it worked great for me... ATP flight school was great and good to instruct for...

C-152 - PSEL
PA-44 - PMEL add-on
PA-44 - Instrument
PA-44 - CMEL
PA-44 - MEI
PA-44 - CFII
C-172 - CSEL add-on
C-172 - CFI-SE add-on
EMB-145 - Type (SIC Priv)

I know thats more than just PPL but I figured it could expand to the other ratings too...

Chris



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User currently offlineBoeingOnFinal From Norway, joined Apr 2006, 476 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 9 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4675 times:

Quoting N231YE (Reply 7):
"An unstable airplane [PA38-112] makes a stable pilot...likewise, a stable airplane [C172] makes an unstable pilot"

That is kind of true, but the more important thing is to know the aircraft you are flying in, no matter how "easy" and forgiving it is.

And the most important thing to have in mind, at least that is how I feel, to be interested and eager to learn. Any uncertainty should be
a certainty before flying  Smile

I am flying the C-172 Skyhawk II, and it sure is stable. I have not practiced any spins, cause it is not a required practice for the PPL course, although I would happily pay extra to learn it and get the feel of it. Stalls are awsome though, specially with full power and high pitch up.



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