Western727 From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 579 posts, RR: 4 Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 576 times:
I have only one hour in a Katana. Yet, in that short space of time, I've mananged to form an opinion. I think that they are decent training airplanes, but I would never buy one. My heart lies with the Cessnas that I was raised in. If I could buy any airplane, it would proabably be a Cessna 185. Don't get me wrong: If I had to choose between flying a Katana and staying on the ground, I'd pick the Katana. I'd also be quite happy in an Archer but I guess that's beside the point. Personally I think that the Katana itself improved dramatically when they put the Continental engines instead of the Rotax. The caster nosewheel is a little weird. Or, at least it was for me being, being used to the steerable Cessna and Piper nosewheels. I remember it feeling a little sketchy during the ground rolls. Other than that, a pretty good airplane.
C172Akula From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 979 posts, RR: 5 Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 574 times:
I agree with the nosewheel stuff. Give me a steerable nosewheel every time. When I did my check in the Katana the hardest thing was trying to taxi the bloody thing! And the DV-20's use the Rotax which doesn't start well on cold days, if at all. Our sister school at Springbank has the A1 model and it performs right up there with our C-172 SP. The engine makes a big difference. Have any of you seen the Diamondstar 4 seater? Any thoughts on it? Sure looked nice when it visited our school, and very roomy to sit it, not like the others.
C172Akula From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 979 posts, RR: 5 Reply 7, posted (12 years 2 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 571 times:
Yup, there is a sticker mounted inside the a/c on the fuselage by the seats, when it changes to a red color it is to hot to fly. Wings will probably drip or something crazy! Funniest thing I ever saw was a student taxiing out to the holding bay with the blocks still tied to the wings! He was gunning it at full power! An Air Canada flight taxing to the runway told him about it! Boy was his face red! The katana legend lives on!
Western727 From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 579 posts, RR: 4 Reply 10, posted (12 years 2 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 562 times:
Ok, I was trying to be really diplomatic about the Katana. I was trying to refrain from Katana Bashing, but when someone says (or implies) that a Katana is better than a Cessna, that's where I have to draw the line. Katanas suck. End of story. And let's not forget mention the horrendous 'holier than thou' attitude that some Katana drivers have. It's like they think they are better than us just because they have a shiny airplane. Nevermind that we have five times the experience. Ok, ok... I'm sorry. I didn't mean to get off on that little tirade. Katanas aren't bad airplanes. In fact, there are things that I admire about it. For example, the constant speed prop in a training airplane, the modern instrumentation, the new continental engines, the lamanar flow airfoil, the T-tail (always been a sucker for those) It's such a love/hate thing for me. And I admit, that all Katana pilots don't have bad attitudes. It's just that the ones that I knew did, and thus, the stigma lives on. So you'll understand why saying that a Katana is superior to a Cessna sounds blasphemous to me.