I am looking for a tomahawk that has been pampered, with low times, good cosmetics, and ideally an interesting panel.
I just joined the forum and look forward to the discussions. Thanks.
I doubt there has ever been a plane about which more FUD (fear, uncertainty, doubt) has been spread, mostly by people who have never flown one.Not sure why your wanting a Tomahawk, but there are very, very few of them around and especially in the condition that your looking for. I've never flown one, but have heard that they have had some issues and that's why the production run was so short for them.
I admit, never have had the opportunity to fly one. Wish that I could have as I have thought that they were a pretty good plane as well. And yes, I've heard all of the negatives about the plane as well as the positives from the ones that have actually flown them and love them. It's too bad that Piper doesn't bring them back into production. The need for an affordable flight trainer/personal airplane like this is there I would think.I doubt there has ever been a plane about which more FUD (fear, uncertainty, doubt) has been spread, mostly by people who have never flown one.
There is a pretty recent thread with comments/info about Tomahawks (not so much for the OP who's already familiar, but maybe for others interested in them): http://www.piperforum.com/showthread.php?t=5911
I agree on the landings, not a floater, pays off very consistently, and very nice in crosswinds. If you happen to stumble into a good one please let me know, I'm down in Palo Alto.I started teaching in them in 1981. I must have the better part of 1000 hours in them. I have owned one and flown it regularly on cross-countries of up to 400 mails. It is a great little airplane. I love doing touch and goes in the things. I can more consistently paint a Tomahawk on the runway than any other airplane. The only negative is that it is not good on a soft field as you can't lever the nose gear out of the soft earth/mud/whatever. It is a small price to pay for the visibility, elbow room, and generally nice handling characteristics.