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Want To Be A Pilot? You'll Probably Train In One Of These 6 Airplanes

Learning to fly is exciting and you'll never forget the airplane you first fly solo in. Here are 6 of the most commonly found training aircraft you'll likely fly during your primary instruction.

1) Piper PA-28

Be it a Piper Warrior, Arrow, Archer, or one of the 21 Cherokee variants, you'll find Pipers in flight schools all around the world. The first Cherokee was produced in 1960. On average, 607 new Cherokees have been built each year since then.

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2) Cessna 172 Skyhawk

First introduced in 1956, the Cessna 172 is the worlds most produced airplane with over 43,000 built! I can't remember the last time I visited an airport ramp and didn't see a Skyhawk. Try reading 10 facts you didn't know about the C172 Skyhawk.


3) Cessna 150/152

In the late 1950s, you could buy a Cessna 150 for as little at $6,995. The Cessna 152 was later developed as a C150 modernization, and was produced all the way until 1985. They're small, simple, and pretty easy to fly, making them great trainers.


4) Diamond DA-20 Katana

The Katana is an Austrian-designed two-seat tricycle gear general aviation light aircraft. It was later built in Canada for the North American market and has been used in flight schools as large as the United States Air Force Academy.


5) Diamond DA-40 Diamond Star

The DA-40 Diamond Star is essentially a more powerful, 4-seat version of the DA-20 Katana. The DA40 has accumulated a very low accident record, particularly with regard to stall and spin accidents. Its overall and fatal accident rates are one eighth that of the general aviation fleet and include no stall-related accidents. The level of safe operation is attributed to its high aspect ratio wing, low wing loading and benign flight characteristics.


6) Cirrus SR20/22

With their side-stick controls, composite fuselages, and ballistic parachute systems, Cirrus training aircraft are at the forefront of making modern, technologically airplanes for experienced and student pilots alike. In the United States, large flight programs like those found at Aerosim, Purdue, and Western Michigan fly Cirrus aircraft.


What did you train in? Tell us about it in the comments below.

Swayne Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, certified flight instructor, and an Embraer 145 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota in 2018, holds a PIC Type Rating for Cessna Citation Jets (CE-525), and is a former pilot for Mokulele Airlines. He's the author of articles, quizzes and lists on Boldmethod every week. You can reach Swayne at, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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