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Best Plane To Learn To Fly In?  
User currently offlineRacers22 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 175 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 16892 times:

So what do you believe is the best kind of plane to learn to fly in?

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User currently offlineBraniff From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 108 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 16854 times:


An F-14  Smile

j/k...the Cessna 172 is often used as a trainer. It's versatile, has very tolerant flight characteristics and it's pretty economical to buy, use, and maintain.

Other good trainers are Cessna 152, Diamond Katana, and Piper Tomahawk.



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User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 16828 times:

I'd say the Cessna 172 is the best compromise between power, price, performance, and handling characteristics out there for basic trainers. If it wasn't, there wouldn't be so many of them  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineDrewwright From United States of America, joined May 2001, 621 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 16828 times:

The Cessna 152 is the best basic trainer. The rent cost less than a 172 and the 152 is in the "utility category", which means it is built to take extra G's. Also you can spin a 152 ,unlike many other planes like cherokees and 172's(at full weight) which are not spin certified. Although the 152 is not fast and the cabin is very small, it is a docile flying machine with few bad habits.

User currently offlineThirtyEcho From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 1643 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 16825 times:

The C152 without any question. I know its tiny compared to the 172 but you learn basic "stick and rudder" flying beyond a doubt. Plus, you can spin it and I think everyone should have actual instruction in spins and spin recovery. After solo, the 172 is a good introduction to real world flying and a great airplane for instrument training. Consider a few hours instruction in a taildragger just to broaden your experience.

User currently offlineFlightSimFreak From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 720 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 16818 times:

Beechcraft BE-77 Skipper! Actually, I learned yesterday that the one that I train in (N3857J) only has a year or so left on the wing spar with no kit to repair or replace it, so, in about a year or two, my flight school is going to get a 4 or 5 plane fleet of Cessna 172's... perhaps 3 older, high time ones for training, and 1 or 2 really nice ones (with the nice GPS's) for flying friends around in.

User currently offlineSA365C1 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 131 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 16789 times:

I learned to fly in the Austrian Diamond Katana in the Kissimmee Fl, USA, a nice aeroplane to learn to fly in very docile and very modern, smart ship.

The C150, 152, 172 are very popular but they are now getting old and wont be around forever, to be fair however some new cessna skyhawks are very smart.


User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4627 posts, RR: 36
Reply 7, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 16783 times:

You CAN spin a 172, as long as the total weight falls in the utility category. Usually you'll have tanks less than half full with you and an instructor on board.

So the argument that you can spin a 152, and not a 172 doesn't fly (pun intended).

I know because I train in a 172.

Kris



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User currently offlineKonstantinos From Greece, joined Jun 2001, 389 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 16761 times:

I started my training with a C-172 but then went on to finish my PPL with a PA28-140. I liked to PA28-140 very much. It is a very stable aircraft and talking about spins, boy can that airplane spin and the good thing with it is if you mess up on the spin, all you have to do is let go and it will recover.

User currently offlineSushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 16747 times:

I recomend the Diamond Katana. Im flying that right now and it is a very good sturdy plane. They are alot better than ancient Piper 28's or C 152's


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User currently offlineKonstantinos From Greece, joined Jun 2001, 389 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 16747 times:

Sushka,

The Piper PA28 is not ancient !!!
It's a good plane and when you grow up you will learn to appreciate all airplanes, thank you very much!


User currently offlineSlawko From Canada, joined May 1999, 3799 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 16727 times:

Dont worry about which plane you are flying in whe you are just getting your private...fly the one that is the cheapest to rent.


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User currently offlineCV990A From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1413 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 16717 times:

I learned in a 172- and still feel it is one of the best aircraft around...


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User currently offlineN79969 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 16700 times:

I like the C-172. I learned to fly in Arizona. The C-152 does not fare well at TUS because of the 2,500 altitude. What you save on rental in the 152, you lose on slow climbs to altitude.

User currently offlineLucifer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 106 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 16681 times:

Scottish Aviation Bulldog

User currently offlineCessnapimp From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 1320 posts, RR: 20
Reply 15, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 16678 times:

Slim people:
C-150/2
Fat people:
C-172


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