What exactly is an aviation geek? Well, there are various answers to that question if you ask enough people, but the general consensus is that an aviation geek is anyone who’s pretty much fascinated by aircraft.
In the case of light aircraft, it’s planes like Cessna, Piper, Beechcraft, Cirrus Design, GippsAero, Aviat Husky and Grumman that make up the majority. Typically accepted as having a maximum gross take-off weight of 12,500 pounds, light aircraft are most commonly used for commercial passenger and freight transportation as well as sightseeing and aerial photography.
So, what do we think are the 5 things that any aviation geek should know about light aircraft…
- The odds of dying in a car accident are about 1 in 5000 and the odds of dying in a plane crash are 1 in 11 million, yet some people get really, really scared when they’re getting in a plane (particularly a small one) but don’t when they turn their car engine on!
- In 2001, Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean) is reported to have piloted his private plane carrying his family after the pilot passed out at the controls. He had never piloted a plane before. The pilot eventually came to, after several slaps by Atkinson, and managed to land the plane safely at the airport. We find that rather scary – being piloted by Mr Bean isn’t really high on our list!
- With 43,000+ built, and still in production, the Cessna 172 Skyhawk is the most produced aircraft of all time.
- There are 24 variants of the Piper Cherokee, but only one in current production, the Archer.
- The Aviat Husky first flew in 1985.
For anyone who’s interested in light aircraft, we hope you’ll find these fascinating and slightly humorous facts interesting. We can’t help but think that if you’re interested in light aircraft, you might also be interested in securing your first pilot certificate?
If that’s the case, then the sport pilot certificate is sure to be on your agenda. One of the easiest and least expensive ways of becoming a pilot for fun, it’s a compromise between becoming an ultralight pilot and a full private pilot. Limited to lighter and lower powered aircraft, you can still carry a passenger with this type of certification, but you can’t fly at night. The good news is that this sort of licence is within your reach after only 20 hours of flying, rather than 35 or 40 hours, which you’re required to do if you are determined to bag a private pilot certificate.
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