Used Aircraft Guide

May 2017 Issue

Ercoupe/Cadet

These classic two-placers are affordable, stall/spin-resistant and impressively capable in crosswinds.

Back in the day—as in 1939—the Ercoupe was designed to be exceptionally safe by making it resistant to stalls and spins. But the airplane racked up a number of firsts, including being the first successful production GA airplane that had a nosewheel, plus a fully cowled engine. This contributed to more speed than most of its counterparts had. Better yet, an Ercoupe can handle a crosswind of twice the velocity that can be dealt with by almost any other airplane.

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