Hey all -
I've been flying for about 8 years and had a sweet 1976 172 for most of that time. Money got a bit tight over the past few years further unjustifying the already financially unjustifiable (but somehow still worth it!) cost of flying and bye bye 172. A little time has passed by and frankly I am going through airplane withdrawal. My mission is simply evening and weekend flights either solo or with the wife around the countryside. I love just putting around and landing on grass strips. I never used the 172 for travel. Been thinking lately of going sport pilot and in the interest of affordability have been looking at the Aeronca 11ac Chief. (Wife prefers the side-by side seating) I see them available for 20 - 25K. I've never flown one before but they look cool (always liked the old classics) and are really simple birds, which I'm hoping translates into low maintenance costs. I'm interested in opinions on this bird? Has anyone here owned one? Pluses? Minuses? How do they handle gusty crosswinds? Is the cost of upkeep more than one might expect or are they reasonable? I am in the very early stages of this but any thoughts would be appreciated.