If you could fly a nice 152 aerobat, with a Garmin 430 IFR moving map GPS, would you do it? Cost would be around $95 dual. Or is a 152 just too small and too underpowered to be considered? Or do you just not fit in one?
Definitely. I fly a 150 that is IFR (incl. Apollo IFR GPS) on a regular basis. My CFI doesn't teach out of that school, though, so I strictly use it for rental/timebuilding. When I finish my IR, though, you bet I'll be flying it some to work on inst proficiency. Can't beat $48/hr. I know 3 people that are using that plane for their IR right now....
Ditto what Aloft said. I'm 6'3" and weigh in around 215, so having another person in the plane is a tad bit tight. But, if my instructor was a lightweight, and our 150 had the avionics (it doens't have NEAR what the one you described has) I would have most certainly done my IFR in a C150/152.
152, 172... doesn't make much difference when learning how to navigate and hold a needle. You might what to think about flying your approaches at 90 kts though. If there's other traffic waiting to get on the ILS, you could get delays for sequencing if you fly the approaches at 70 kts.
I paid $170/hr dual in a Seminole, but that's because I wanted to build MULTI time during my training (killing two birds with one stone). Once you get a couple of hours in a more complex plane, the extra overhead is minimal.
Is the C-152 certified for IFR? I commute in a VFR 152 and really wish it were IFR. Shouldn't make a difference to you in Spokane during the summer.
Really, the aircraft doesn't really have to be certified for IFR flight to get instrument training in, and even a checkride!! Technically, I suppose, in order to complete the requirements of the Instrument cross country flight, the plane would have to be IFR certified (since you have to be on an instrument flight plan). But you can do alot of training in an aircraft that has no IFR certification.
I did a WHOLE lot of basic attitude instrument training in a 172 that didn't even have a NAV radio, and the altimeter was off by at least 800 feet
. Had an NDB, and that only worked if you were within 2 miles of the station....
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I eat like theres no tomorrow, but apparently I have speedy metabolism.
And I suppose running and biking helps keep me this way...
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Ooohhh - you're one of THOSE kind of folks.... healthy.
Man, between working full time and training (flying three times a week and studying in between) and my home life - working out has taken a back seat... and it shows.
A reason I've gone from 200 to 215 in the past couple of years.
I was a LOT like you in my early 20's. I could eat anything and everything and not gain an ounce. That all changed in my late 20's, early 30's. Now I'm pushin' 40 and it's next to impossible to stay fit!