J3 vs C172

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ShawnR
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J3 vs C172

Post by ShawnR » Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:46 pm

Comparing a J3-C90 to a C172....any experiences, opinions?

Thinking about making a change, wondering what those with some experience in them think. Just to save arguments, I am considering an O300 powered C172, not an STC'd 160 or 180 or more steroided C172.

Thought it might be a fun discussion for Mid summer in Ontario....

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Re: J3 vs C172

Post by Bede » Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:04 am

ShawnR wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:46 pm
I am considering an O300 powered C172,
That's a really pricey engine come overhaul time.
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Re: J3 vs C172

Post by fish4life » Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:10 am

ShawnR wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:46 pm
Comparing a J3-C90 to a C172....any experiences, opinions?

Thinking about making a change, wondering what those with some experience in them think. Just to save arguments, I am considering an O300 powered C172, not an STC'd 160 or 180 or more steroided C172.

Thought it might be a fun discussion for Mid summer in Ontario....

Cheers all

Shawn
Assuming they are both on floats you are going from one cheap 2 place airplane to a more expensive to operate slightly faster but poorer performing out of the water airplane
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Re: J3 vs C172

Post by C.W.E. » Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:06 pm

The Cub is a real fun airplane but if it is on floats don't fly it off salt water.
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Re: J3 vs C172

Post by Squaretail » Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:04 am

Bede wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:04 am
ShawnR wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:46 pm
I am considering an O300 powered C172,
That's a really pricey engine come overhaul time.
While that’s true, for the average private owner I think the O-300 will probably give you a lot less trouble all that time until then if compared to it’s O-320 brethren.

If you want it to fly like the J3, get the sportsman STOL on the 172. It’s somewhat transformative of the Cessna’s off the ground/water characteristics.
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Re: J3 vs C172

Post by ShawnR » Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:40 pm

I was wrong. I found out today the C172 i am interested in has an O320 in it. Which I guess is good news. ..but probably not much difference performance wise.

I would be treating the 172 as a 2 seater with more cargo than a cub so I don't have huge expectations, I don't think. ..
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Re: J3 vs C172

Post by TeePeeCreeper » Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:37 pm

ShawnR wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:40 pm
I would be treating the 172 as a 2 seater with more cargo than a cub so I don't have huge expectations, I don't think. ..
I’m a J-3 fan but your mission profile suits the 172 best.

She’ll be a bit of a dog off the water though!

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Re: J3 vs C172

Post by Squaretail » Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:47 am

ShawnR wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:40 pm
I was wrong. I found out today the C172 i am interested in has an O320 in it. Which I guess is good news. ..but probably not much difference performance wise.
To paraphrase Geddy Lee: five horsepower is five horsepower. :D
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