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Great plane, friendly staff!
N6185U was down for MX, so they substituted another aircraft for me. Went out of their way to accommodate me. They generally keep all of their aircraft topped off, so plan accordingly. Would fly again.
Review is for N664CA.
Airworthy. No particular quirks noted.
G1000 functional. Zoom knob missing, but functions. A/P appeared to work, but didn't use it during the flight. TIS is a real plus in this airspace. Squawk'd the ammeter constantly showing a discharge, even though the electrical system was fine, regardless of power setting.
Typical shape for a rental 172 at a training-heavy airport. Interior was more worn than most, with some significant rips in the left seat. Other renters don't take very good care of the interior, which is why I rated the interior two stars. For example, there were some small bits of trash in the plane and an empty oil bottle and funnel under back seat, exposed to grit. Fingerprints all over PFD/MFD. Plane was not locked (consistent with my previous two rentals here). Tow bar missing (consistent with my last rental here).
Overall it met my needs, but is not a plane I would count on to impress a friend new to being a light airplane passenger.
Overall: airworthy but was not worth the price charged. On the plus side, Academy of Aviation now has the FBO fuel planes vs having to use a self serve pump. Additionally, the plane had a tow bar, which my previous two rentals here did not. Acceptable level of pre-flight communication on scheduling, etc. On the minus side: 1) Generally dirty. Windscreen not clean. Interior trashy (e.g. empty oil bottles, fuel slips strewn about). Typical for their aircraft, across my four rentals. 2) Seatbelt buckles for front passenger and pilot were literally held together with zip ties. This did not appear to affect functionality; the part that was zip tied was holding two components together not bearing a load. When I went to buckle my seat belt, it literally fell apart. Maintenance fixed quickly but this did not engender passenger confidence in the plane. 3) The parking break did not lock. Chocks and tie downs were not in the plane. This proved interesting when we parked on a slight incline at our lunch stop and had to seek out some rocks to chock the wheels. 4) The AP was inoperative; the roll command was off ("Roll axis control failure" annunciator on initial startup, but went away on avionics reboot) (set to HDG with the heading bug set on the current heading, the plane rolled unnecessarily/unexpectedly right on all three occasions tested). This was not essential for our route, but would have been for the original route we planned through a busy class B transition. 4) The left wing nav and strobe lights were inoperative. Not a must for day VFR, but I like my strobes on.