AT first, I was moderately skeptical about flying the 172. From all the times I have seen or been in one, they are run-down, slower and look like a flying car. As soon as I started the engine, however, I felt like I was coming home as the roar of the engine vibrated through my heart.
It by far a beautiful and easy aircraft to fly. I now understand why it is quite possibly one of the most popular aircraft around the world. While slightly slower and less maneuverable than the Katana, The 172 is incredibly stable and forgiving. If you put it into a spin (if you can get one) or stall, its stability is so positive that it will right its self back to straight and level flight, just like the 2-33 glider.
I had no issues what so ever with it while flying. It is actually nice to have high wings as well, so one can see the ground and take aerial photographs of the world below more easily.
The only real issue I had with the aircraft is the landing. Due to its high wing design. the aircraft tends to "float" longer before you flare the aircraft. This can create some very long landings. Luckily, with the massive forty five degrees of flap available, one can land her like a C-130 Hercules and get her down.