Used Aircraft Guide

September 2007 Issue

Citabria and Decathlon

A practical taildragger thatís everymanís aerobatic option. Better yet, itís still in production and well supported by American Champion.

A significant fraction of the aviation community is made up of pilots who are less interested in getting rapidly from Point A to Point B than they are in just going aloft to enjoy a fine day and perhaps being able to top off the flight with a loop and a roll or three. Rather than fantasize about bigger engines, retractable gear, turbocharging and glass panels, they dream of an airplane that will let them enjoy the sky by doing more than flying straight and level while still being able to go somewhere at a reasonable pace. The explosion of the homebuilt, ultralight and the budding Light Sport industry in recent decades is testament to the demand for simple, inexpensive airplanes suited to the pure joy of flight. Unfortunately, for those who prefer factory-built airplanes, the choices are limited, especially if one has the desire to enhance that joy with the sensuous pleasure of aerobatics.

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