Learning the curves with Cessna
Cessna airplanes have been a consistent favorite among new pilots and students from the aviation academies. You ask why? They have the ideal weight, speed, and functionality for students and new pilots in the industry. If you are one of them, read on to find out more about your most loved training plane. Here’s a compilation the top five Cessna planes that are very popular among newbie pilots:
First flown in 1955, this single-engine, four-seater aircraft is known as one of the best training planes because it is light weight and forgiving to few errors, particularly the 172F. The 172F was first flown in the 1960s and has carried a major upgrade from the original design of the 172. It utilized the electrically operated flaps instead of the previous lever-operated system. This version of the 172 was put together in France by Reims Cessna and has run on the production line until 1971. This model was among the few aircrafts utilized by the U.S. Air Force’s T-41A Mescalero as the primary trainer, which was used during the 1960s and early 1970s. These aircrafts were determined to screen students from the USAF Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT).
Popular among tourists, students, and enthusiasts because it is an intimate ride with a dash of style, this aircraft first took off in 1957. This model is the fifth most produced civilian plane ever in the world with more than 23,000 units sold since it came to production. There are more than 10 variants of this model but the best-performing airplanes under this fleet are the 1962 Cessna 150B and the 1963 Cessna 150C. These models are known for their light 1,500 pounds of 680 kg gross weight and more aerodynamic rear fuselage. They also have amazing climb speed. In terms of design, it has the luxury of a high ceiling. However, the best part of its feature that makes it fit for newbies is that it requires the shortest runways. They have a 109-knot (202 km/h) cruise speed, faster than any other model year of either the 150 or 152.
It is not only popular to pilots in training but to young families too. This aircraft can accommodate two more child seats in the cabin apart from the regular four seats. Also known as the Skylane, this aircraft was famous among newbie pilots because of its retractable gears. The original design of this aircraft came with fixed landing gear that is powered by a 230 horsepower of 172 kilowatt Continental O-470-L piston engine. It has a gross weight 2,550 pounds or roughly 1,157 kilos. It came in production in March 1956. The Cessna 182 RG or Skylane RG is a favorite because it resembles the modern retractable gear system of the newer aircrafts that are powered by hydraulics. It is also the second most produced aircraft from Cessna after the 172 model.
The 140 is the older cousin of the 150 variant of this Cessna aircraft. Cessna 150 was first built in 1959, following the halt in production of the 140 in 1951. But, these two aircrafts share so many characteristics that they cannot be described without the other. For now, we will focus on the Cessna 140. This is a two-seat trainer aircraft that introduced the tricycle gear to the market.
The Cessna 140 was designed to carry a Continental C-85-12 or C-85-12F horizontally opposed, air-cooled, a four-cylinder piston engine of 85 horsepower or 63 kilowatts. But for those who want more power inside the trunk, their 140s were loaded with the Continental C-90-12F or C-90-14F of 90 horsepower or 67 kilowatt. It is difficult to satisfy the need for speed and height, and so another engine improvement was suggested; this time it is with a 108 horsepower or 81 kilowatt Lycoming O-235-C1 engine. This model came in with a metal fuselage and fabric wings with metal control surfaces. This unit is popular for new pilots because the engine of this aircraft can be customized depending on your need for power.
For new pilots who want an introduction to the commercial planes, this is the trainer plane for you. This six-seater, twine engine monoplane was produced between 1954 and 1980. The original design was loaded with two 240 horsepower or 180 kilowatt Continental O-470-B or O-470-M engines with carburetors. Because of the power packed on its engine, the maximum takeoff weight of the plane reached 4,600 pounds or 2,100 kilos. Since it went on production, Cessna built 547 units of the original design. There are more than 20 variants of this model and it has been utilized in several functions like commercial, military, and personal.
A newbie trainer needs a good flight instructor to guide him during his flights. But, an aspiring pilot should also have a reliable aircraft mechanic who can educate him and help him about his machine related inquiries. To guarantee the safety of these training planes, thorough check-up and maintenance is needed periodically. If you are still training with your Cessna plane and would like an expert to check on your aircraft, then, Knisley Exhaust is your best training partner. Our team of reliable mechanics can spot the slightest anomaly before your flights and can troubleshoot your engine problems when the need arises. Partnering with us also means you have an access to a huge warehouse of parts and components for your aircraft, specifically your mufflers and exhausts.