Choosing an Aircraft for Flight Training

Choosing the right aircraft to train in is often overlooked when a student pilot begins training.   When a student pilot is comfortable in a particular aircraft, they can better focus on the concepts at hand, and not have to worry about other issues.  SCFC recommends that pilots try out different aircraft for the first few lessons of their private pilot training. That way, you can ensure that you are flying the aircraft that is best for you and your training goals. 

Below, learn about the general characteristics of our training fleet for Private Pilot Training.

Cessna 152

This classic airplane makes flying easy and fun.  The conservative performance of the Cessna 152 makes this compact plane perfect for short flights and cost-efficient flight training.  With two seats, a low fuel burn per hour, and simple avionics, the 152 is an economical way to earn your wings. 

Cessna 172

As the most produced aircraft in history, the Cessna 172 has a reputation for its reliability, stability, and comfort.  With a larger cabin containing four seats and more power than a 152, the 172 is the perfect plane for pilots to train in if they want to share flying with their family and friends upon receiving their private pilot certificate. 

Cessna 172 G1000

Newer models of the Cessna 172 are equipped with a G1000 flight display in lieu of the traditional “six-pack” avionics.  The G1000 affords pilots with a wealth of information at their fingertips, from a moving map, airport information, navigation aids, and much more.  For pilots who want to train in a modern aircraft equipped with the latest technology in general aviation, the Cessna 172 G1000 is the perfect airplane for them.

Piper Archer

While a large portion of our fleet is comprised of Cessna aircraft, we do offer private pilot training in our Piper Archer aircraft.  Known for its low-wing configuration, the Piper Archer is praised by pilots for its smooth landing characteristics and performance on cross-country flights. Our Piper Archer has four seats, as well as a GPS to improve situational awareness in flight.