In this article, we are going to be looking at the 4 best airplanes for beginner pilots! These planes are the perfect planes for new pilots and are ideal purchases for someone who is just starting off in the world of flying! In this article, we will be judging these planes off of two main characteristics. The first of those is price. Most new pilots are not ready to spend $5 million on a jet aircraft and so we will want to make sure that the aircraft is affordable.
The next thing that we will be looking for in our starter aircraft is that they are easy to fly. There are many planes that perform well and cost little but are difficult to fly. As a new pilot, you will want to buy an aircraft that is dependable, cheap, and most importantly, easy to fly. So, judging by these two traits we have picked out the four best starter aircraft! So, let’s get right into the article, starting off with out number 4 airplane!
#4 – Beechcraft Skipper
Coming in at our number four aircraft, we have the Beechcraft Skipper. The Skipper was a small, low winged airplane that was built during the 70s. It has made this list for its cheap price and easy flying capability. The plane flew at 120 mph and and had great visibility, so it certainly has many traits that you would see from an easy to fly airplane.
The plane was aimed for new pilots and student pilot when it was first released by Beechcraft in 1978. However, many teachers said that they disliked the aircraft because it actually made it too easy for the student. They argued that the plane was too stable and landing was practically like driving. However, for a starting plane, that sounds great! You don’t really have to worry about messing up and ending up on the ground a little quicker then you wanted.
The bad part about this plane is that the production didn’t last very long due to the low sale numbers. The plane only sold around 350 units. You can still purchase them today for under $100,000 and they still fly great. However, the plane is slightly dated and will most likely take a little bit of work to get it back to good condition. In terms of ease of use though, this is a great option to consider!
#3 – Piper Super Cub
The Piper Super Cub has made the number three spot on this list for a few reasons. Firstly I should mention that this plane is old. It started production in the 50s and lasted for more than 30 years after that. So, if you plan on buying one of these it will most likely be used. However, one of the good things about this plane is you will have no shortage of options to choose from when searching for a plane. There are tons of different types and models to choose from.
However, no matter which one you get, they are all easy to fly! The Piper Super Cub was designed to help newbies start flying, which is exactly what it did for many years. This means that it is perfect for any student! The wing is overhead on this plane and it has a tail drag configuration that is easy to control. It is also said that the airframe of this craft is extremely durable so it should be able to take anything you throw at it.
The plane will be cheap to buy and cheap to maintain, as there are few expensive electronics on it and the airframe is capable of being stored outside. It also has a very durable piston motor that you should be able to easily have overhauled. Overall, this plane is great and that is why they made it for almost 40 years. Now, onto the next plane on our list!
#2 – Grumman Cheetah
The Grumman Cheetah is an easy plane to fly and one that you can get for a rather inexpensive price. However, that is not why I chose it for this list. Anyone who flies or is buying a plane knows that flying is first and foremost about having some fun. You aren’t buying this plane to work, you’re buying this plane to go on some enjoyable flights!
This plane will sure be enjoyable! It is as easy to fly as any standard beginner airplane and about as cheap as any other as well. However, one thing that is different about this airplane in the fact that it has a fighter style cockpit. When opening the cockpit, the top of the cockpit slides back in the canopy fashion that many fighter jets also have. This just makes the aircraft feel a lot more fun and it gives it fantastic visibility! Overall, the Grumman Cheetah is a great aircraft for anyone who is just starting off!
#1 – Cessna Skyhawk
The Cessna Skyhawk is clearly the number one choice for anyone who is just starting out. Whether you get a new one or an old one, they are perfect for easy flying and they are also super easy to maintain. The Skyhawk is designed for slow and controllable flying, which is perfect for anyone who just started flying. This is the reason why many teachers opt to train students on these aircraft!
The Skyhawk also has the advantage that, under one name or another, it has been produced for the last 50 years and they are still making them. So, if you want a brand new airplane, you can go and order a Skyhawk with a nice interior and all new instruments! Or, if you are looking for something cheaper, you can get an old 172 Skyhawk for under $100,000. This plane can take a lot and is super easy and cheap to maintain.
Given all the above reasons, this plane is our number one choice for any beginner. It has some other features too that, while not crucial, are nice to have. The wing is above the cockpit on this aircraft, so you simply open the door like a car and get in. It can also hold four people, so if you want to take friends or family up for a flight, you can do that as well! Overall, it is a great airplane!
I hope that this article has been able to inform you about some of the best aircraft for beginners! Most of these airplanes can be found for relatively cheap and are easy to maintain which are two things that any beginner needs. This article is not an absolute article for the best beginner planes, but rather a guide to point you in the right direction!
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