Planes with easy access

Discussion in 'Flight Following' started by wiregoat, Dec 22, 2016.

  1. Dbarbee

    Dbarbee Pre-Flight

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    Wiregoat, I see you're in SW Missouri, I'm in NE Oklahoma. If you can't find a Cardinal owner nearby I'd be happy to fly up sometime if you want to see if a Cardinal up close to see if it would work for you.
     
  2. somorris

    somorris Pattern Altitude

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    I don't have an significant arthritis issues, but being of a particular age, I am around several people who do. Any airplane that his dad has to step up some kind of step to get into, including a C-172, would be difficult. Those advocating a C-177 have the right idea. Turn sideways and sit down, then swing your legs in.
     
  3. wiregoat

    wiregoat Filing Flight Plan

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    In case anyone cared, I ended up getting my PPL and took my Dad for a flight in 172SP. We used a small folding step stool to get him up there. It is now going to be a part of my flight kit. The back seat was much easier to get into for him. He did wonder why I was poking so many holes in the wing when I was checking the 50 or so sumps.
     
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  4. charheep

    charheep Pre-takeoff checklist

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    Beech Sierra has a nice door in the back.
     
  5. Dana

    Dana Pre-takeoff checklist

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    I was going to suggest a Breezy, or some other open plane.
     
  6. bobmrg

    bobmrg En-Route PoA Supporter

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    I trained several paraplegics in Cherokees. They hoisted themselves from their wheelchairs onto the wing, then using upper body strength moved their torsos into the cabin, pulling their legs behind them. Not pretty, but it worked.

    Bob
     
  7. Zeldman

    Zeldman Final Approach

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    Good to hear you were able to get your dad up in the air...!!! How did he like the flight.??

    And yes, there are lots of planes that carry a small folding step stool.
     
  8. wiregoat

    wiregoat Filing Flight Plan

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    He loved it. Thanks


    Sent from my XT1575 using Tapatalk
     
  9. mscard88

    mscard88 Touchdown! Greaser!

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    50? On a 172? ;)

    Glad you were able to fly together. I'm sure he'll cherish it.
     
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  10. wiregoat

    wiregoat Filing Flight Plan

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    The SP model has an absurd number of sumps. 5 per wing.

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  11. GRG55

    GRG55 En-Route

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    One to drain the tank. Four for the lawyers.

    You'll discover it was good preparation for when you step up to a 182. ;)

    Great to hear you got your Dad in the air.
     
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  12. SbestCFII

    SbestCFII Line Up and Wait

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    A Cardinal has the best access in the Cessna stable.