First lets start with a list of cons.
- Cessna is not the cheapest company around. Cirrus offers a better airplane in the SR-20 for about the same price as a new 172. My guess is that Cessna will opt for the certified version of the Rotax 912, and that will sadly add $10k to $20k
- This plane also has a castering nose wheel, which makes me question the ground handling. A steerable nose wheel is a must for any plane that will serve as a primary trainer.
- Strength. Those main landing gear supports look wimpy. Once again this plane will be used as a primary trainer, so strength is key.
Now for the good stuff.
- A 100HP Rotax 912. Hurray. The rotax is a much nicer engine than the O-200 or O-235. Better fuel economy, less noise, less vibration.
- The styling is great. It has the sleek look of the early fastback 150's without the visibility problem.
- 6" inches wider than a 152? Sign me up?
My first hours as a student were in a 150. I got my ASEL ticket in a 152. I own a 150. The two seat Cessna has a special place in my heart due to it's docile handling, brainless landings and simplicity.
The source story and picture are from Aero-Net news.