Aircraft Review

July 1999 Issue

Two Place Sportsters

Is there room for expensive two-place fun flyers in a market soon to be glutted with choices?

[IMGCAP(1)] If Hollywood and the music industry can dust off antique works and package them as new, some are asking why it can’t be done by aircraft manufacturers. In a sense, Cessna has already proved the point with the new 172 and 182.

Three more airplanes are poised to take on the market for two-seat certified sport planes with significant cross-country potential. All are taildraggers that boast sticks instead of yokes. All are capable of positive aerobatic maneuvers and feature a military-like glass canopy. And all owe their roots to designs more than half a century old, making their antecedents ancient even by Cessna standards.

With three such offerings—actually a fourth if you co...

To continue reading this entire article you must be a paid subscriber.

Subscribe to Aviation Consumer

Aviation Consumer is the independent online source for impartial and uncompromising evaluations of aircraft, avionics, accessories, equipment and more.

Already subscribe but haven't registered for all the benefits of the website? Click here.

Subscriber Log In

Forgot your password? Click Here.