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Aircraft Types Offered in Flight Training

Aircraft Types Offered in Flight TrainingChoosing a flight school for your flight training requires a good research that covers location, flight instructors, quality of flight training programs and their prices, weather and many other important factors. Since being a pilot is all about love of flying and building skills to maneuver the aircrafts, future pilots need to know what type of aircraft is used in flight training. When you narrow down your selection of flight schools, do your research on fleet condition. Try to speak to students attending the flight school of your choice and get as much information as possible.

Are the planes new? If not, how old are they? How many planes are in the fleet? Are they properly maintained and do you have access to the maintenance logs? A training plane should be serviced after every 100 hours of flight time. It doesn’t have to be new to fly but it does have to well-maintained. Types of single and multi-engine aircrafts used?

As the saying goes you never forget the first plane you fly. So, lets look at the types of planes used in flight training. Below you can find a great overview provided by AOPA

Piper Warrior (4-place)

For the last three decades, the training fleet has been dominated by two aircraft: the Piper Cherokee, which evolved to become the Piper Warrior, and the Cessna 150/152. Tens of thousands of pilots spent their formative flight hours in the larger four-seat Cherokee or Warrior and the diminutive two-seat Cessna. While Cherokees are less common within the training fleet today, Piper Warriors can be found at many flight schools. Warriors are also very common instrument training aircraft as well as a popular aircraft to rent. Cherokees and Warriors are two of the most common private aircraft, second in numbers only to the Cessna 172.

Piper Tomahawk (2-place)

When the original Piper Aircraft Corporation first conceived a new trainer in the mid-1970s, the company polled flight instructors to determine what traits this airplane should have. The 1978 to 1982 Tomahawk delivers what these special customers ordered: an airplane that provides honest response to pilot inputs, a comfortable cabin with great visibility, and big-airplane-style handling. The control forces and sensitivities match those of the Learjet 35, making transitions to larger aircraft the easiest of any basic trainer, hence the Tomahawk’s popularity with U.S. Air Force flying clubs.

Cessna 172 (4-place)

Though strictly speaking it’s not a pure trainer, the 172 is one of the most common airplanes used by flight schools. There are really three Cessna Skyhawks — the newest versions, produced since 1996, are 180-horsepower and 160-hp airplanes with fuel-injected four-cylinder Lycoming engines; the 1984 through 1968 models with the 160-hp or 150-hp four-cylinder Lycomings; and the early ones (1956 to 1967) with 145-hp Continental six-cylinder engines. 172s are also very common instrument training aircraft as well as a very popular rental model. Learn to fly in a 172 and you’ll be able to rent and fly from almost any fixed base operator (FBO) worldwide.

Cessna 152 (2-place)

Some people say that since then end of World War II, more pilots have learned to fly in the Cessna 150 or 152 than any other type of airplane. They’re so easy to fly that they’re often affectionately called the Land-O-Matic after a term used by Cessna in its old marketing campaigns. These two Cessna models leave complexity behind in favor of low operating costs, reliability, and ease of use. However, these same easygoing flying qualities can make transitioning to a larger aircraft later more difficult.

Diamond Eclipse and Evolution DA20-C1 (2-place)

After the success of Diamond’s new-generation composite Katana DA20-C1, designers decided to make their trainer even better. They rolled out the DA20-C1 Eclipse (shown in photo) and the DA20-C1 Evolution. The two-place piston-engine aircraft are made of composite construction (like the Katana) that creates an aerodynamically clean airframe. The Eclipse features wraparound cockpit visibility, fighter jet-like entry and stick control, stable flight characteristics, and modern avionics. The Evolution is essentially the same as the Eclipse only with fewer bells and whistles to make it a more affordable trainer. The Evolution has a less elaborate avionics package, less interior trim, and no rear window.

Aircraft Manufacturing & Development (AMD) Alarus (2-place)

What matters most in a training airplane is function, reliability, durability, and, of course, affordability. And that’s just what you’ll get with Aircraft Manufacturing and Development’s (AMD) Alarus. Created to be a lower-cost, certified alternative for flight schools wishing to purchase new trainer fleets, the two-seat Alarus is also attracting student owners who want to purchase an airplane in which to earn that first certificate.

Liberty XL2 (2-place)

One of the newest airplanes in the training fleet, the Liberty XL2 is the next generation training aircraft that offers flight schools a two-seat aircraft certified for IFR at very reasonable pricing. The aircraft’s high levels of safety, performance, comfort, economy, and affordability are big draws for the Liberty. As is its clean-sheet design and good handling characteristics. New two-seat training airplanes are rare, and the Liberty XL2 has cemented itself as one of the best.

Robinson R22 Beta II and Schweizer 300CB (2-place)

Robinson’s R22, shown in the photograph, is by far the most widely used helicopter in the flight training industry. Designer Frank Robinson earned his success by building exceptionally engineered helicopters at a cost well below that of his competitors. Robinson has continued his tradition of innovative engineering by introducing several design changes to the R22 Beta model, including a four-seat model that has been very popular.
Schweizer introduced the 300CB in August 1995. The company moved the pilot’s position from the left seat to the more traditional (for helicopters) right seat; installed a less-expensive, lower-powered engine with a longer interval between overhauls; and reduced the gross weight. The visibility is great; the pilot can look back and see the main rotor drive assembly and the tail rotor. The cabin is wide and comfortable, allowing the largest of students plenty of elbow room.

Aviator College Aircraft & Maintenance

Our fleet consists of 14 multi-engine and 12 single engine aircraft. Aviator Fleet
The Aviator fleet is made up of multi-engine and single-engine aircraft. The primary aircraft used in our training programs are the Beechcraft BE-76 Duchess and the Cessna 172 Skyhawk, both well known as training aircraft the world over. Our fleet also includes a Piper Arrow and a J-3 Cub. All aircraft are maintained in our maintenance facilities located here at the St. Lucie County International Airport. We average more than 35,000 hours of flight time per year. They are all equipped for VFR and IFR flight per FAR 91.205 (except the J-3 Cub which is VFR Day only).

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