Why does Langley Flying School use the Piper Cherokees as their primary training aircraft?

The Piper Cherokee Cruiser 140 was selected as the primary training aircraft because it is one of only two eligible aircraft available for use at a Flight Training Unit that is certified for spin maneuvers training, is a four-seat aircraft, and has the necessary aerodynamic drag characteristic that make if appropriate for primary or intial training out of Langley Airport's rather demanding runways—all three runways are under 3000' in length. Cessna 172 aircraft also meet the above three requirements, but the Cherokee's low wing design make it more suitable for transition by graduate pilots to more advanced and larger aircraft designs used in entry-level commercial pilot flight operations—Commercial Pilot students at Langley Flying School transition to the Piper Seneca for their Multi-engine Class Rating training, as well as Group 1 (Multi-engine) Instrument Rating training. The low-wing design also prepares Private Pilot students for homebuilt ownership, which is dominated by low-wing designs.

Langley Flying School's Piper Cherokee FKKF