Why Does Phoenix East Fly the Cessna 172SP for Flight Training?
Monday, August 03, 2009
The Phoenix East Aviation training fleet includes only new and late model Cessna 172SP aircraft for basic single-engine training. Did you ever wonder why? By far,the most popular aircraft and the safest for single engine flight training worldwide is the Cessna 172. Cessna decided to start building new airplanes again in the late 1990s, and to also upgrade the 172 to a better, stronger aircraft. That's what PEA flies -- new and late model C-172SP -- because it has a higher horsepower: 180hp instead of the older 160hp. It also is fuel-injected and with higher fuel capacity (more than 50 gallons). The C-172SP has an updated interior and instrument panel and inertia wheel seat belts. It has 13 fuel drains - five under each wing and three underneath. And most of the PEA C-172SP aircraft also have the G-1000 glass cockpit -- an advanced avionics system, just as the latest commercial aircraft have. The C-172 gives you experience on how to use all the flight controls (not just the elevator and aileron, as in some aircraft). This is important to your training. Phoenix East Aviation's C-172SP's, being newer aircraft, have fewer problems with unscheduled maintenance, which means less down time for the student pilot -- and therefore more flying time, of course. It is also a comfortable cross-country airplane with a reasonable speed (about 120 knots). As part of your flight training program, you will be flying cross-country flights. You will find some flight schools use other aircraft, and you might want to consider that in your selection of a flight training academy: The C-172SP is by far the best for safe, effective all-around single-engine training.
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