Aircraft Review

September 1998 Issue

The Perfect Trainer

In a real world flyoff, the Katana attracts more students but the Maule Comet is the real sleeper.

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To hear the old heads tell it, back in the mid-1970s training boom, you could hardly find a spot in the airport parking lot, it was so jammed with studentsí cars. (They didnít drive BMWs back then.)

Could happen again, we suppose. Student pilot starts are on the rise, sharpening the perennial dilemma that FBOs and flightschools face: Whatís the best primary trainer?

Twenty years ago, it was either the Warrior or the Cessna 152 and although thatís still true in the 90s, those airframes are tired. There are no new 152s and a new Warrior is too pricey to be an FBO trainer. New 172s are being bought by flight academies but havenít found a wide market among Mom and Pop FBOs...

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