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Cherokee or Tecnam?

Old 9th Feb 2014, 05:32
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You might be right BPF. Time will tell. In the case of a P2002JF, built as a classic all-metal design with no mandated major replacements, it's hard to see why a competent LAME armed with an Aircraft Spruce catalogue couldn't keep it in the air indefinitely.

Back from a morning's run and the opportunity to do some direct comparisons with the type of fleet you mention. I've loved all the aircraft I've owned and flown but I think you'd have to be a determined grouch not to return with a smile on your dial after an hour in the P2002.

I forgot to mention in the earlier post that, apart from the non-decorative nature of the P2002 roll protection, the sliding forward-latching canopy does allow the canopy to be opened in flight.
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Old 9th Feb 2014, 06:28
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Back to the original question.

BPF says the quality of the instruction is prime and I'd second that.

During your PPL, the aircraft type is not really important, relatively, IMHO.

It's a shame you don't have a C152 available, as they tend to be a little less expensive and are also a good learning platform.

Whatever people say about Cherokee handling, they are safe. Very safe. Very, very, very ......

Given that stability and agility tend to be at the opposite ends of a continuum, perhaps it is not so surprising that the handling is less than razor sharp, but neither will they do anything nasty, unless seriously abused, so it makes your workload a little lighter and builds your confidence on pre-PPL x-countries, if you choose the PA28.

On the other hand, if the Tecmnam operator has better instruction, I'd go there.
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Old 9th Feb 2014, 16:48
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Thanks for all the comments! I went for a flight in the Tecnam on Friday, it seems like a nice aircraft (although several things were not working). I am not entirely sure that I like the school that much though, it seems slightly less professional than the other one. So I think I might try the Cherokee too and see how that is.

On a side note, if I complete some exams with one school, then change to a different school would I have to redo those exams? Or can they be transferred over?
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Old 11th Feb 2014, 10:45
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Tecnam RG

Hello all, Flightscope Aviation Queensland has a Tecnam P92 RG and we love it!
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Old 11th Feb 2014, 21:13
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Flying such a light airframe with low inertia and sensitive controls requires good piloting technique. I found that certain things which you can do in a 172 and get away with it simply will not cut the mustard in the Tecnam P2008. That does not mean it is harder to fly. The systems are far newer and simpler than a 172/Pa28's so there is less management required. So you can devote more effort into flying the plane. That cannot be a bad thing.
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