I started wth the Cessna 172. These planes are the go to standard for anyone wanting to learn to fly. I've found 180hp is about as small as I want to go.
After a few hours of the Cessna I tried a Piper Archer II. It's a PA-28-180 low wing plane that also makes a great trainer and has very nice flying characteristics that made it my plane of choice to learn in.
I like the simple dash of the Piper. It's easy to read the dark gauges against the lighter background and I find it has more room for us "larger" sized pilots.
I've wanted to fly all my life. Seems time, money, and neccessity never really lined up for me. Coming from a military family made the dream even stronger as my Dad was a pilot. He's taken my flying several times and I've flown with friends over the years. Now nearing retirement I've decided the Remote Controlled Airplanes & Skydiving aren't enough, I want to fly. So I enrolled into a Flight Training school and am on my way to get my Private License.
I'm really looking forward to the day the wife and I can jump the plane and head out to Vegas, San Diago, or other states to play or visit family.
Small aircraft are exactly that, small. This Piper was built in the late 70's so is over 40 years old. This is common in the industry and I'm very thankful for the annuals, inspections, and maintenance performed.
I'm just now hitting 20hrs of training with 75 landings under my belt. I'm feeling pretty comfortable with the plane and looking forward to learning more navigation in preparation for future trips with the wife.
I flew out to the East a bit to catch a glimpse of the Miami-Globe open pit mining. I'm also checking out fun trials for possible Jeep explorations later.