Racers22
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Best Plane To Learn To Fly In?

Fri Mar 08, 2002 12:38 pm

So what do you believe is the best kind of plane to learn to fly in?
 
braniff
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RE: Best Plane To Learn To Fly In?

Fri Mar 08, 2002 12:50 pm


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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flyf15
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RE: Best Plane To Learn To Fly In?

Fri Mar 08, 2002 1:01 pm

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
 
drewwright
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RE: Best Plane To Learn To Fly In?

Fri Mar 08, 2002 1:01 pm

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.
 
ThirtyEcho
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RE: Best Plane To Learn To Fly In?

Fri Mar 08, 2002 1:01 pm

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.
 
flightsimfreak
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RE: Best Plane To Learn To Fly In?

Fri Mar 08, 2002 1:13 pm

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.
 
SA365C1
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RE: Best Plane To Learn To Fly In?

Fri Mar 08, 2002 6:04 pm

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.
 
VonRichtofen
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RE: Best Plane To Learn To Fly In?

Fri Mar 08, 2002 6:09 pm

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
 
Konstantinos
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RE: Best Plane To Learn To Fly In?

Tue Mar 12, 2002 1:34 am

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.
 
sushka
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RE: Best Plane To Learn To Fly In?

Tue Mar 12, 2002 3:48 am

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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Konstantinos
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RE: Best Plane To Learn To Fly In?

Tue Mar 12, 2002 3:57 am

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!
 
slawko
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RE: Best Plane To Learn To Fly In?

Tue Mar 12, 2002 5:01 am

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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CV990A
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RE: Best Plane To Learn To Fly In?

Tue Mar 12, 2002 5:33 am

I learned in a 172- and still feel it is one of the best aircraft around...
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N79969
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RE: Best Plane To Learn To Fly In?

Tue Mar 12, 2002 6:07 am

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.
 
Lucifer
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RE: Best Plane To Learn To Fly In?

Tue Mar 12, 2002 9:40 am

Scottish Aviation Bulldog
 
Cessnapimp
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RE: Best Plane To Learn To Fly In?

Tue Mar 12, 2002 9:52 am

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