|Sounds Aero Super Pacer||Piper Cub (160hp)||Maule (180hp)||Cessna 180/185||LSA (eg Rans etc)|
|Cruise speed||MEDIUM 90-95 knots||SLOW/MEDIUM||MEDIUM||FAST 120-145 knots||MEDIUM|
|Four seat capability||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||No|
|Ongoing maintenance cost||Low||Low||Low||Med/High||Very Low|
|Off airport (riverbeds, unimproved paddocks etc) capability||Excellent||Excellent||Good||Poor||Good|
|Fuel burn||35 lph||32 lph||35 lph||50-60 lph||17 lph|
|Ease of repairs (eg rock damage to tail feathers etc)||Easy||Easy||Easy||Difficult||Easy|
The above table is a very generic comparison of five different aircraft types, and suitable uses.
It assumes each aircraft is fitted as required for airstrip operations.
When looking to purchase an aircraft, the most important factor to get very clear in your head (behind your budget) is what is your main intended use? If you really want a serious bush plane that can land anywhere, there is no point compromising and considering a Cessna 180 (for example).