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Thread: For FUN flying, and poking around locally... would you pick a PA11 or a PA-160?

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    For FUN flying, and poking around locally... would you pick a PA11 or a PA-160?

    Iím sort of thinking the PA18-95 would be in the same camp as the -11 so I didnít bring that one into this. Plus I never see them for sale. But you take a nice light minimal -11 or a higher HP 160 for playing if you could only pick one? We are talking just pure joy of flight. Interested in everyoneís thoughts.

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    The first cub I ever built was a pa-11/pa18-90 hybrid.
    flaps and 750 lbs with a hot c90.
    Iíve built and flown a bunch of different airplanes since then, but Iíve never quite captured the magic of that plane.
    my .02 but adding lightness with decent power is where you want to be, so Iíd vote the pa-11
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    80-90 percent of the time by yourself or with a passenger?

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    A light 160 hp Cub every time.

    MTV
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    Mostly solo or light passenger. I mean you would have to be to still stay under gross.
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    Having very minimal experience in both, if budget is no issue, I’d say a 160HP cub. Still a lot of fun to fly (aren’t they all?) but you have the versatility to carry more when needed.

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    What is your budget? If money isn't a deciding factor, go with a 160. If you want something that's cheap to buy, and cheap to fly, go with the 11. A light 11 will get in and out of most places a 160hp super cub will as long as you're not carrying a heavy load.
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    I could probably do either but I’m just thinking the lightness of the -11 would be a blast to fly. Plus it is hard to look at current SC prices and not feel like you’re being taken. An -11 is half the price and is probably 250-300 lbs lighter? I don’t know how but those seems to be the numbers.

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    I have experience in the J3, one light 160 Super Cub, and several heavy 160 Super Cubs. For sheer joy of flying the light 160 Super Cub is a delight, but it is nowhere near as fun as a good J3. I have never flown an 11 or the 18-95, but I would expect them to be closer to the nimble J3.

    Stay away from heavy Cubs unless your mission is bush flying. The fewer mods, the better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ington6 View Post
    I could probably do either but I’m just thinking the lightness of the -11 would be a blast to fly. Plus it is hard to look at current SC prices and not feel like you’re being taken. An -11 is half the price and is probably 250-300 lbs lighter? I don’t know how but those seems to be the numbers.
    There are a LOT of 900ish pound 11s out there. One under 800 is maybe a unicorn. Mine weighed 834. No electrics, not a lot of “stuff”. And 1220 gross weight. Do the math.

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    I have a fire-breathing monster Cub. My next “dream” plane is a 100 hp PA-11.

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    The lightweight 160hp cub is the way to go...
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    I have a heavy PA-11 c90-8 and wanted a better performing so I have an almost done PA-11 I rebuilt the c-90 instead of putting a 0-200 in to save weight (I know Glenn lose 40 pounds) shaved as much weight as I could will see what it makes for a difference shortly I hope.
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