Chris Martyr wrote:
astroguy wrote: then forget simple stuff like radio calls and spatial awareness in the circuit.quote]
But that can happen in any aeroplane .
So which of the two aircraft in question would you say was the best one to learn in ?
I have over 80 hours in the LSA and only 4 hours in Cessna 172.
The Ikarus with it's small size and low Vs really gave me confidence. Definitly like learning to ride a motorcycle...start with something that builds confidence then move forward.
I"ll say this.... it actually seems easier to land the Cessna because of it's weight.... Dry weight is something like 1,800 lbs but the Ikarus dry is 606 lbs.
This translates to any side gusts during landing to be a much bigger deal in the Ikaurs than the Cessna. I often would fill the Ikarus tank full and thak a heavy passenger.... I always had more authority during landing with more weight and therefore I feel it's nicer landing the Cessna. I might actually be that landing the Ikarus in wind has given me an edge because it is much more twitchy during landing if the winds are up.... many many corrections.
All that being said , I just like learning new things and I was starting to get a bit bored with burning around our practice areas and local cross country trips. The Cessna has more gauges to play with and more to learn about. Plus I can go to most any rental place and be able to fly after a check ride but here in Canada the only other craft that I can rent to fly is over 300 km from me. Very few LSA rentals here.