Cessna Aircraft Company’s Model 172, "Skyhawk," is poised to enter a second half-century of service. Few airplanes, military or commercial, can lay claim to being in production for 50 years after introduction, but the Skyhawk is long recognized as an icon of the global general aviation fleet.
Phoenix East Aviation considers the Model 172 the best primary trainer in the world. PEA’s single engine fleet consists entirely of Skyhawks. Many flight schools use er, cheaper aircraft for training, but none meets the quality of the Skyhawk for training. The Skyhawk taxis with ease, and steering through the rudder pedals is responsive. The windshield and side windows offer excellent visibility, and the wheel brakes, when applied, are immediately effective. Over the decades, Cessna has improved the airplane’s already excellent handling characteristics by tweaking the wing’s aerodynamics and flight controls. The upgrades and improvements in the Skyhawk have been too numerous to mention here, but they have enhanced the safety and performance of the aircraft.
It is among the easiest light airplanes in the world to fly, one that makes no special demands on the pilot and is forgiving of mistakes commonly made by neophyte aviators. When you are considering flight training schools, be sure to ask about their fleet aircraft. Don’t hesitate to ask for details. Choose a school with excellent, new or late model aircraft, preferably the Model 172. Phoenix East Aviation offers prospective students and parents tours of the facility and the opportunity to speak to students and instructors, as well as check out our impressive fleet. Come see for yourself the high quality of PEA training and the excellent aircraft.