Al Marsh

Ways to get your hands on a Cessna Mustang

December 18, 2008 by Alton K. Marsh, Senior Editor, AOPA Pilot

There are two ways to experience flying a Cessna Mustang without forking over your millions. You DO have millions, right? One way is to add a computer re-creation of a Mustang to your existing Microsoft Flight Simulator 10. Flight1 Software and Cessna Aircraft Company teamed to bring you a $55 Cessna Mustang complete with working Garmin G1000. Learn more here.

That simulation is good preparation for the next step up in simulation, a multi- multi-million-dollar full-motion flight simulator for the Cessna Mustang at FlightSafety International’s Cessna Learning Center at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport. You can walk to it from the main airport terminal. For $400 you can get an hour in this entry level business jet (Cessna NEVER calls it a very light jet). Yes, you have to fly to Wichita if you’re not already there, but I have been in that simulator, and it is worth more than $400 to fly it for an hour. You’ll be surprised to see how easy it is, although I hope you swerve less on the takeoff run than I did.

 

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2 Responses to “Ways to get your hands on a Cessna Mustang”

  1. Eric Says:

    Looks pretty sharp. Also looks like someone’s been flying in the San Juans! Can the Mustang land at Friday or Anacortes? :)

    You’re not a local, by any chance?

  2. Al Marsh Says:

    Hi,
    No, not a local. I’m at AOPA headquarters in Frederick, MD.
    The Cessna Mustang can land at BOTH Friday (3,400 feet) and Anacortes (2,997). I say that because recently I was researching my NASCAR drivers story on driver-pilots. While I was in Miami, Carl Edwards landed on the 2,997-foot runway at Homestad General Aviation Airport. Warned by the FBO that the runway was short, he repliled on the radio he “needed the practice.” That was the shorter of the airport’s two runways. –Al Marsh

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