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That's true, Tom. My point wasn't that it should take 60-70 hours. We shouldn't focus on hours at all, I think. We should focus on training good, safe pilots. I believe simulators help us do that effectively. And the use of simulators may reduce the average number of training hours since there are fewer distractions in a sim than in a real airplane.
Thanks for your comments!
@Towcub - Peppermint Patty is a 1948 model Cessna 170. She may fool some with her metal wings. The fabric was replaced about 30 years ago and she had about a 20 year hiatus, if I remember correctly from the logbooks, while the owner had medical issues but didn't want to sell. When I bought the airplane, there had only been four previous owners. The airplane is in very good shape and has spent most of its life in a hangar.
@drix - I know this is a late answer, but I just saw your question. I'm not 100% certain, but I think the cause of the engine failure was water in the fuel.
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