In the 60s and 70s, the general aviation training workhorse was the Cessna 150 and 152 family. A solid training platform with great flight characteristics and cheap prices, these aircraft were extremely effective when new, and continue to serve today in hundreds of flight schools. However, now they are starting to show their age, as parts get expensive to replace and AvGas prices go up.
Enter the AOPA (Airplane Owner’s/Pilot’s association) and aircraft maker Aviat. They are rebuilding these older airplanes and giving them new life. New avionics, new paint schemes, new engines, new everything. But not exactly. This is by no definition a new airplane. Rather…a reimagined one. iD, what could we reimagine that has served it’s purpose well, but might be in need of a fresh coat of metaphorical paint?