I flew -DNA yesterday. Has a few strange quirks but overall seems like a nice plane, flies a lot like a Super Cub. Nice short takeoff roll, 1000fpm+ rate of climb and lands at about 35kt. Basically the polar opposite of the Grumman AA-1C! Handled the crosswind nicely too which was one of my original concerns. It's surprisingly fast too, we were able to cruise at 110kt quite comfortably which isn't bad for 100hp! A couple of small negatives though - the rudder pedals are unbelievably stiff and the flap lever (Piper handbrake style) is very badly positioned so it gets in the way of the throttle when the flaps are fully lowered. It's also very noisy in flight, I guess due to the complete lack of interior paneling.
Last Edit: Jul 5, 2011 20:38:57 GMT 12 by FlyingKiwi
And a bloody strange name. Our club ordered 2 when they were announced, but having second thoughts on the wisdom of the investment. Cessna should have just restarted C152 production in China, saved a heap of $$$, and the world would have been happy.
I wonder if there is a market for fully refurbished 152s and PA38s? The only snag is people have got wider and possibly taller; a 152 at least can be a real struggle for a lot of people to fit in comfortably.
I know there's a lot of money in aviation because I put it there.
I imagine there would be, but the trouble is most clubs who have 152s and PA38s probably would rather spend the overhaul money on something brand new which has added PR value. The 162 has loads of room inside, it's as wide as a C206 (which possibly explains the less than stunning looks to some extent but getting in and out is as much of a struggle as a 152 for those with long legs since it has adjustable rudder pedals and a fixed seat instead of the more common moveable seat arrangement.