September 2001 Issue

Safest Fixed-Gear Cruisers

These step-up rides show reasonable safety, with the Tiger the biggest surprise of all

Most airplane owners who’ve been in the game awhile have a history. Even those with money to burn rarely start out with a high-performance single or a twin as a first airplane. Somewhere in the past, they probably owned a modest four-place, fixed-gear single, what we’ll call an SE cruiser.

You know the species: Something with a bit more panache – and power – than an entry level model that doubles as a trainer but something less than a 300 HP retractable.

Specifically, we have in mind this list: Cessna’s 177 Cardinal, 182 Skylane, Piper’s Archer and Dakota, the Grumman Tiger and, as a lesser player, the Aerospatiale TB10 Tobago. Sure, the list could be expanded but let’s be reasonable....

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