I get asked this question quite often. Usually when I reply with “Cessna 172″ most people know what I’m talking about. The next question usually is “how many people does it hold”, to which I reply “A pilot plus three”.
That answer is going to change after Friday. I’m getting checked out in a Piper Archer. The exact model is a PA28-181, which is a four seater like the 172. It has fixed gear and a fixed pitch prop, also like the 172.
The main difference between the 172 and the warrior is that it is a low wing aircraft, whereas the 172 is a high wing. It pretty much uses the same type of engine and horsepower (however the Archer has 20 more horse power than the Warrior).
My FI suggested that I get checked out in the Archer, because you are automatically allowed to fly the Warriors if you’re checked out on the Archer.
The reason why I’m moving from the 172 to the Warrior is because it’s almost impossible to get a 172 without booking almost a month in advance. Plus, most people I’ve talked to say the Pipers are nicer to fly.