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...
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