Adair From Canada, joined Jul 2000, 97 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 8 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1093 times:
Just a quick question. I will be taking an introductory flight tommorow at a flight school and was wondering what I should expect of my experience on a Cessna. I have never been on one and was wondering how the flight will differ from a jet. Obviously you fly lower etc. I am wondering more about the feeling etc.
Ziggy From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 178 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (11 years 8 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1063 times:
Flying in a small aircraft is a whole world different. My first time I was scared, but after a few times I really grew to enjoy it. I was scared that I would fall right through the floor or the engine would quit. But after finding out about the aircraft and how it flies that silenced my fears.
Rushed From Australia, joined May 2000, 244 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (11 years 8 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1035 times:
I did my TIF (Trail instructional Flight) a few weeks ago and have had a few lessons since, and i tell you that it is absolutely awesome! you feel everything which is scary at first but then you get used to it and its the best! I fly in a Piper Warrier but im guessing its the same in the cessna.. have fun mate!
COboeing777 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 693 posts, RR: 5 Reply 5, posted (11 years 8 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1032 times:
It definitely is way different from a jet the first time I flew in a Cessna 172. First of all the accomodations are a bit lacking to say the least. It sure is tight fit. Next, the prop is really loud, even when you are wearing a set of headsets. The weirdest part for me was on takeoff. It felt as if the plane was being pulled up by some ropes on each wing as we rotated. It was almost a floating kind of feeling, but still cool none the less. Another thing that felt a little odd was being in the air for like 5 minutes and looking back and still seeing the runway behind us. I was a bit apprehensive at first but now I love it. In fact I can fly non rev yet I fly more in my friends Cessna 172 than I do any commerical jets.
Aduum From Australia, joined Sep 2000, 335 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (11 years 8 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1019 times:
I am in a C152 at the moment, and soon to be converting to a C172RG. The first few times you might feel a little sick, but don't let that put you off you will get the hang of it sooner or later. I think I have around 40 hours now, 10 hours of that is solo command time. From memory the average flight here in Perth, Western Australia cost me around $150/hour with an instructor, which is $75 US.
Can anyone who does the same type of lessons as above give me a cost of it in the US/hour?
Aduum From Australia, joined Sep 2000, 335 posts, RR: 1 Reply 9, posted (11 years 8 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1006 times:
Ahh ok thanks Markk, so it is around the same then. Yeah cause people from Oxford University come to train over here, and also some Algerian airline sent over its flight engineers to be fully trained commercial pilots within 3 months, as it was cheaper than giving them redundancies. Due to the WTC event, the federal police have actually questioned and warned the club to be on the look out or something or so the papers say.
Due to all of these foreginers coming here to train, I thought it must have been one of the cheapest places to fly, but the other advantage must be the great weather.
Leftseat86 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (11 years 8 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1003 times:
I just love being in a C150/152, flying around and just messing around!( ) You can just make the plane do what ever you want! It kinda feels more like you're bouncing and putt-putting around versus blasting/cruiseing around in an airliner.
UAL1837 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (11 years 8 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 988 times:
Flying in small airplanes is like a high (no pun intended). Especially when you take your first solo flight. When you lift off on your first solo takeoff, the rush you get is like no other. Flying GA airplanes is awesome, just awesome. The best part is, you feel like you're flying the airplane instead of the airplane flying you. See the post in Tech (I think) about the 152 vs. 172 to learn more.
Nicolaki From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (11 years 8 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 983 times:
Having over 50 hours in the C152 I can tell you that this plane is just great! The feeling that COboeing777 happens usually when you are taking off in crosswind even at a slight angle, it surprised me the first time too. The Cessnas (I'm talking here about the 152 and 172 - i don't know about the others) are very robust plane and quite performant for their class of aircraft. The only 'problem' is the tightness of the cockpit, but you get use to it.
NiteRider30 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 150 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (11 years 8 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 983 times:
I fly 172s here at CMSU, and it is just incredible. I love it! It really is an incredible rush when you first get in the air on one of these. It'll be a few weeks before I solo, but I can't wait. Good luck to ya!
Jabpilot From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 423 posts, RR: 1 Reply 15, posted (11 years 8 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 985 times:
I've flown the 152, 172 and 182RG and prefer any Piper to the Cessnas. Pipers I've flown are the Tomahawk, Warrior, Archer, Dakota, Arrow, Cherokee Six and Seminole and really enjoyed my hours in the Arrow and Six most of all.
Jabpilot From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 423 posts, RR: 1 Reply 17, posted (11 years 8 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 973 times:
When you are flying in turbulent conditions associated with different weather conditions, Yes... you will feel the "bumps", up/down drafts, wind shear and turbulence more pronounced than in a larger aircraft or jet.