How different is a Cessna Skyhawk from a Piper warrior?

December 4, 2009

right now im 15 and i’ve been doing most of my training in a warrior, but i’ve always wanted to fly a cessna skyhawk 172. Are they really different either flight wise or control wise?

It’s also generally the opinion among some pilots that the Cherokees tend to have a little more solid feel upon landing due to:
1) the gear being farther apart.
2) the low wing generating more ground effect since it is closer to the runway than the high winged Cessna.

The Cessna has no fuel pump since the fuel is gravity fed. The Cessna’s have a push in knob at the firewall for the throttle lever. The C172 has two doors whereas the Warrior has one. The Warrior is a tighter squeeze for two people.

No, they are not really different flight wise or control wise otherwise.
The biggest difference is the visibility due to the wing placement.

Cessna’s have a better view of the airport on downwind, but can obscure your view of an aircraft on a possible collision course on a straight in final when on base.

The Warrior’s wings obscure your view of the airport on downwind, but give you a good view of any aircraft on a possible collision course on a straight in final when on base.

If you’re flying a Warrior, avoid making a straight in final. Your wings can obscure your view of a high wing aircraft on base. And you don’t want to land on top of that guy.

I agree with someone who said that you should continue your training in what you are familiar with. You will waste more time and money switching around in aircraft makes while you are still learning.

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4 Responses to “How different is a Cessna Skyhawk from a Piper warrior?”

  1. Jimmbbo on December 4th, 2009 11:39 pm

    The basics are the same, and the instrument layouts are similar, but many controls are in different locations.

    The high wing makes it more important that you clear the area into which you plan to turn before starting to turn.

    The 172 has more interior room and IIRC a larger useful load than the Warrior

    The 172 has larger flaps, which are more effective at slowing the airplane down, and generate more pitch than you are used to in the Piper.
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  2. calnickel on December 5th, 2009 12:25 am

    They are basically the same performance wise and are equally as easy to fly.

    Going to the 172 you will need to get used to a different sight picture out the window, different locations of the controls (way better laid out IMHO), larger draggier flaps and more pitch authority.

    I would recommend getting your licence/certificate before switching however. This will reduce your training time.
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  3. pilot T on December 5th, 2009 12:31 am

    It’s also generally the opinion among some pilots that the Cherokees tend to have a little more solid feel upon landing due to:
    1) the gear being farther apart.
    2) the low wing generating more ground effect since it is closer to the runway than the high winged Cessna.

    The Cessna has no fuel pump since the fuel is gravity fed. The Cessna’s have a push in knob at the firewall for the throttle lever. The C172 has two doors whereas the Warrior has one. The Warrior is a tighter squeeze for two people.

    No, they are not really different flight wise or control wise otherwise.
    The biggest difference is the visibility due to the wing placement.

    Cessna’s have a better view of the airport on downwind, but can obscure your view of an aircraft on a possible collision course on a straight in final when on base.

    The Warrior’s wings obscure your view of the airport on downwind, but give you a good view of any aircraft on a possible collision course on a straight in final when on base.

    If you’re flying a Warrior, avoid making a straight in final. Your wings can obscure your view of a high wing aircraft on base. And you don’t want to land on top of that guy.

    I agree with someone who said that you should continue your training in what you are familiar with. You will waste more time and money switching around in aircraft makes while you are still learning.
    References :

  4. DaveK on December 5th, 2009 12:47 am

    I agree with Pilot T well thought out answer. I have owned and flown both aircraft both are fine Stick with one at age 15 and develop the "feel" and "sight picture" become one with the plane before switching. Plane to plane I prefer the 172 for more room, easier maintenance, better view of the landscape as I fly around. I agree both have safety problems on vision 172 in turns and low wings on landing
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