Originally Posted by Capt
I've been reading this thread with much interest. You guys might have just saved me so to speak. I have been looking for a while now for a 4 but have decided on an 8 for various reasons. I'm 220lbs (for you Yanks) & 6ft so the 4 might be rather limiting in many ways. So a conventional U/C 8 it is
Was a great read, thanks to those who know best
I think you made the right choice. When I was looking for a plane I was debating the -4 vs -8. -4's were much cheaper. But I chose the -8 because:
1. Given that I want to do a little light 2-up acro, the 8 was the better choice.
2. If you fully loaded the -4 with 2 pax and chutes and gas and baggage for an XC, you will exceed the gross weight limit and
3. I wanted a constant speed prop. This is heavier than the wooden props which the -4 was designed for. My inclinations could be done on a -4 but I would be driving it away from it's design point.
4. It was much easier to find a -8 with an O-360 and constant speed prop than it was to find a -4 with an O-320 and CS prop.
I'm very happy with my -8 and I think you will be too.