Gammagirl
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Trial Flight - Cessna 152 Or Piper Warrior?

Thu Aug 03, 2006 7:11 pm

Hi - I am an aviation enthusiast who, up til now, has always been the armchair kind in the back of a commercial airliner or reading a.net. However, I have just been given the opportunity of a 1.5 hr trial training flight much to my delight, and have the choice of flying either a Cessna 152 or 'upgrading' to a Piper Warrior. I know Cessna/Piper preference has been discussed before (please don't flame me - I'm kind of new here!) but my question relates to my definitely not statuesque height of 5' 3". It's been said the 152 is 'cosy' for large people - is one or the other better for small people?



Thanks!
 
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RE: Trial Flight - Cessna 152 Or Piper Warrior?

Fri Aug 04, 2006 2:26 am

I've been told that the C 172 is "cozy" for larger people, and the C 152 is down right tight.

I would go with the Piper. I did a discovery flight (hour long) in a Piper Archer, and it was very nice.
 
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RE: Trial Flight - Cessna 152 Or Piper Warrior?

Fri Aug 04, 2006 4:24 am

Quoting CruzinAltitude (Reply 1):
I've been told that the C 172 is "cozy" for larger people, and the C 152 is down right tight.

Very true, the C172 is a nice size, but the C152 is a tight squeeze. I personally like the C172/152 over the Pipers, simply because the visibility is much better due to the high-wing configuration. But thats just me.
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RE: Trial Flight - Cessna 152 Or Piper Warrior?

Wed Aug 09, 2006 7:16 am

Considering I have flown them both in flight lessons I would definitely recomend the Cessna 152... easy to takeoff and smooth ride  bouncy 
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ZKSUJ
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RE: Trial Flight - Cessna 152 Or Piper Warrior?

Wed Aug 09, 2006 9:01 am

I'd go with the Piper. Bigger and more spacious than the 152s.
 
Gammagirl
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RE: Trial Flight - Cessna 152 Or Piper Warrior?

Wed Aug 09, 2006 11:39 am

OK thanks guys - ZKSUJ, as mentioned above, spaciousness is less of an issue for me, being a small-ish  Smile woman, its more about visibility and easy reach of the controls. Hoping to fly over Sydney Harbour and the area where I live, so good visibility is high on the wishlist, but not if it means a much bumpier ride -

Quoting Flinhion757 (Reply 3):
... easy to takeoff and smooth ride

Does your smiley suggest you're kidding?
 
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RE: Trial Flight - Cessna 152 Or Piper Warrior?

Wed Aug 09, 2006 2:10 pm

Quoting Gammagirl (Thread starter):
It's been said the 152 is 'cosy' for large people

The 172 is even smaller inside than those 1960s VW Bettles. Think of the 152. Most of the time when people take a look at the 152 with their own eyes, they usually say no.
 
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RE: Trial Flight - Cessna 152 Or Piper Warrior?

Wed Aug 09, 2006 3:11 pm

Piper its more like flying a 'real' airplane, instead of that over easy overwing crap.
 
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RE: Trial Flight - Cessna 152 Or Piper Warrior?

Wed Aug 09, 2006 3:27 pm

Quoting Gammagirl (Reply 5):
spaciousness is less of an issue for me, being a small-ish woman, its more about visibility and easy reach of the controls. Hoping to fly over Sydney Harbour and the area where I live, so good visibility is high on the wishlist, but not if it means a much bumpier ride -

Then the C152/C172 is the plane for you, no question. Very easy to fly, great visibility and a smooth ride (usually). Have fun!
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RE: Trial Flight - Cessna 152 Or Piper Warrior?

Wed Aug 09, 2006 3:35 pm

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 8):
Very easy to fly, great visibility and a smooth ride (usually)

Thats right - generally high-wing aircraft are more stable and take to turbulence just that faint bit better than low-wing aircraft.

Can't go wrong with the trusty 172!

Quoting Burnsie28 (Reply 7):
Piper its more like flying a 'real' airplane, instead of that over easy overwing crap.

Don't agree unless you specifically start talking about a Commanche!! Very Nice indeed.
 
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RE: Trial Flight - Cessna 152 Or Piper Warrior?

Thu Aug 10, 2006 12:49 am

Quoting Burnsie28 (Reply 7):
Piper its more like flying a 'real' airplane, instead of that over easy overwing crap.

High wing is easier than low wing? My experiences wouldn't agree with that. The 172s I've flown have all been finnicky little things (which helps you stay on top of things, but gets a bit tiresome after a while).

If you're out for a sightseeing flight, there is only one choice - the 152. Much better to just have a strut blocking your vision than a whole wing.

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RE: Trial Flight - Cessna 152 Or Piper Warrior?

Sun Aug 13, 2006 3:40 pm

I hateeeee pipers with a passion, cessnas all the way...however in this case, and C152 is just too darn small for mee so if i had no other choices i would have to fly the warrior
 
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RE: Trial Flight - Cessna 152 Or Piper Warrior?

Sun Aug 13, 2006 8:31 pm

Quoting Gammagirl (Reply 5):
Hoping to fly over Sydney Harbour and the area where I live, so good visibility is high on the wishlist

Typically, you'd be heading to the training area on a trial instructional flight, not over the Harbour. I've only flown warriors so I can't really compare with the 152 but if you actually are going over the Harbour, go for the high wing.

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Gammagirl
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RE: Trial Flight - Cessna 152 Or Piper Warrior?

Wed Aug 16, 2006 11:00 am

So- final decision made and flight booked for 3 weeks time yay! Mixed advice above, but I chose the Cessna 152 in the end, even though it may be a bit of a squeeze, to make the most of the sightseeing aspect of this particular flight.

Then I'll choose the Piper for training....  Wink
 
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RE: Trial Flight - Cessna 152 Or Piper Warrior?

Wed Aug 16, 2006 3:37 pm

Cool. Have a great flight!!!

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RE: Trial Flight - Cessna 152 Or Piper Warrior?

Wed Aug 16, 2006 7:39 pm

I've flown both pipers and Cessna's...

For initial training I think The Cessna 152 is a very forgiving aircraft. More so then the Pipers.... But being new to flying the piper does look and feel more like a "real" airplane with the low wings and the throttle.

If you think that you may go the distance and actually work on getting a license then I would look at the schools in your area and availability of aircraft.

If the school you choose has 4 Cessna 152's and only 1 piper go for the Cessna as scheduling will be easier. or VV

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