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Learning to fly? You might find these common trainers on the flight line.
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Cessna 172
The four-seat Cessna 172 is one of the most common airplanes used by flight schools—and individual pilots.

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Piper Cherokee/Warrior
Prefer a low-wing model? The four-seat Piper Cherokee and its successor, the Warrior, also are popular trainers.

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Cirrus SR20/SR22
Although more expensive to rent than the Cessna 172 or Piper Warrior, “the airplane with the parachute” is the best-selling piston single and a hit with passengers.

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Cessna 150/152
The two-seat Cessna 150 and 152 are inexpensive to operate, reliable, and easy to fly.

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Diamond DA20
The two-place piston-engine Diamond DA20 is made of composite construction that creates an aerodynamically clean airframe.

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Piper Cub
Perhaps no other airplane captures the essence of flying’s joy and freedom better than the tube-and-fabric Piper Cub.

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American Champion Citabria
This descendant of the Aeronca Champ is commonly used for tailwheel and aerobatic training.

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Flight Design CTLS
This German-designed aircraft has been a top seller in the Light Sport aircraft category.

Sarah Deener

Sarah Deener

Managing Editor, 'AOPA Pilot' and 'Flight Training'
AOPA Pilot and Flight Training Managing Editor Sarah Deener is an instrument-rated private pilot and has worked for AOPA since 2009.
Topics: Aircraft, Single Engine, Taildragger

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