Some of the world’s most Popular Training Aircraft:
• The Cessna 152 (C-152) is one of the world’s most popular training aircraft. It is a 2 seater aircraft; room enough for a student and flight instructor. It is not a large or high-performance aircraft, but it is excellent for flight training. The controls are light, and the aircraft is easy to fly. It is very forgiving of mistakes. It is also one of the most cost-effective training aircraft in the world, making it an ideal aircraft for starting flight training.
• The Cessna 172 (C-172) is a four seater aircraft. It is a little larger, more powerful, and faster than the C-152. It is a little more expensive to operate than the C-152, but gives the advantage of carrying more weight. One can also take up more than one passenger, and it is good for doing cross-country flights required for private and commercial licenses. The controls are a little heavier, but the C-172 is also an excellent aircraft for flight training.
• The Cessna 182 (C-182) is a four seater aircraft, but larger, and faster than the C-172. It has a constant-speed propeller, a propeller which varies its “pitch” to maintain a constant RPM. This adds complexity for the pilot, but adds to efficiency and performance. This aircraft gives greater performance for longer cross-country flights, and is often used to drop parachuters.
• The Piper Seneca (PA-34) is a light tiwn engine aircraft. It is an excellent aircraft to train for a multi-engine rating. It has 2 full-feathering, constant-speed propellers, and retractable landing gear. It introduces students to complex aircraft, and yet it is still relatively easy to fly, and an excellent aircraft for twin-engine training.
Piper Seneca II
• Similar to a Piper Seneca, this aircraft has turbo-charged engines. This gives the advantage of improved performance at higher altitudes. An excellent aircraft for students wishing to upgrade to high performance aircraft.
King Air 200B
• The King Air is a twin-Engine turbo-prop aircraft. The engines are powered by turbine, or “jet” engines powering the propellers rather than pistons. This is an excellent charter aircraft for it’s performance and reliability. The Kin Air is used for training students wishing to upgrade to the airlines, and various models of the King Air are used by many air forces for training students in multi-engine flying.