June 2001 Issue

Trainers Compared

Diamond Katana and Cessna 172 lead the way in training pilots safely

How about a tip of the hat for the long-suffering flight instructor, a hardworking professional who gets neither the respect nor the pay he deserves. And considering the risks involved in teaching a ham-fisted neophyte to fly, we wonder how it is that many survive for long.

Is that a credit to raw skill or the clever design of the average primary trainer? A little of both, we suppose, but from time to time, we’re asked to rate training aircraft solely on safety records, good or bad.

In a joint research project with our sister publication, The Aviation Consumer, we launched an effort to assess the safety of different models of airplanes. In our first – and we hope not last – analysis, w...

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