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Best low wing fixed pitch prop?

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17 hours ago, ryanbatcund said:

Thanks gentlemen.  Some background on my real world flying.  I got my PPL ASEL way back in 2004.  But it was part of a collegiate program and I rarely flew after.  I had flown with friends in the right seat quite a bit from then until now but only recently that I started flying again...got my flight review a few days ago!  I've only got about 80ish hours total time and sadly only like 20 PIC.

Ain't nuthin' sad about it, my friend! Congratulations on getting back into it!

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Private pilot, instrument student, aviation junkie. Based in real life at KRME. In the flight sim world based at TNCM. I fly exclusively light GA. Current favorite: Alabeo PA44 Seminole. Obsessed with flying in the Caribbean, in real-life and sim. 

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On 6/29/2020 at 6:50 PM, Mace said:

The A2A Cherokee is my favorite in that class.  It has it *all*. 

I also enjoy the JustFlight Piper Tomahawk, even though JustFlight have messed up the flight model with their latest version...(luckily, I retained the old flight model which was closer to the real a/c.)   One major, in my book, limitation of the JF Tomahawk is its lack of windshield rain effect, which would be amazing in that big massive greenhouse of a cockpit.  We're talkin 360 degree view.  

I learned to fly in a Tomahawk, and have a definite fondness for the aircraft. Certainly has a fantastic view with the bubble canopy. Easier to land than a high-wing Cessna, but has some rather squirrelly flight characteristics - especially when doing power-on stalls.

The problem with a simulated (or real) Tomahawk or C-150/152 is that they are slow. About 105 knots is the best you can do in cruise. Avionics are somewhat limited - a stock Tomahawk typically came with a single KX-170 Nav/Com, with no glideslope capability, and a basic KT-76 transponder. 

I can heartily recommend anything by A2A. Their Cherokee 180 and Cessna 172 are similar in terms of r/w performance (cruise speed, fuel consumption etc.) Both are fixed pitch, and both can be outfitted with a full suite of IFR avionics, including F1 or RXP GNS/GTN. It kind of boils down to whether you prefer low wing or high wing. A2A’s aerodynamics are superb in all of their products, as are the emulation of aircraft systems.

 

 


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Licensed Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic, Avionics, Electrical & Air Data Systems Specialist. Qualified on: Falcon 900, CRJ-200, Dornier 328-100, Hawker 850XP and 1000, Lear 35, 45, 55 and 60, Gulfstream IV and 550, Embraer 135, Beech Premiere and 400A, MD-80.

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