The problem with the Traumahawk (as a lot of people call it) is that it is a more realistic aircraft to fly say than the Cherokee series which a lot of flight instructors think is too docile for good flight training. In some circumstances you can't get a Cherokee to stall for take off and departure stalls., it just bobbles along at the edge of the stall until you reduce power a little bit. I think it's one of the safest aircraft out there. Even if you manhandle it all day long it won't bite. Personally, I have flown PA28-140's, 180's and 200R's all over the country. It makes a very nice first airplane for people. And yes, the 140 is a little underpowered and those two back seats don't help either. On hot days you really have to watch the density altitude and your total weight.
The Tomahawk doesn't do that. It has very sharp stall characteristics and the pilot must be ready to keep control of the aircraft when it stalls. Get a little sloppy on the rudders when practicing stalls and it'll try to spin on you. As a CFI I think it's a better trainer because when you train in it stepping up to and aircraft with more critical speeds is easier for the student. This is one reason Piper built it, people thought the Cherokee was too docile for training.
I think that if Piper took out some wing ribs when going from the prototype to the production models, I think the FAA would say something about that. I don't know if that is true.
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