MaxSez: When you started and continued on IF and only learned push button Trash Hauling your not really a Pilot in the true sense of the word. I consider you a “Geek-Systems Operator!
Most if not all ATP’s/multi-Piston/Turbine drivers learned to “Fly” in a Hi-Winged piston powered light GA + Simulation in the modern era. Flying in the true sense requires basic aeronautical skills and a connection with an airframe which stimulates the senses initially which only they can provide.
If your now Grade 1/2/3 strap on an IF 172 or Cub and learn the system, procedures & feel of Flight in them! Then fleet up to the complex world. Learning the basics in that GA environment pays large dividend in the near term. 15+ IF Light GA hours should set you on the right path to the complex.
Grade 4/5 Trash Haulers. Go ahead try a 172/Cub on a windy day. Bet ya “Prang” it!
Pilot, nebber hoppen! LOL
Now as the Title sez What’s the very best trainer type in the IF inventory. Most say the 172 but I prefer the XCub. There both high wingers but the Cub is ez’er and more fun to fly. Try them both on a short cross country. Bet ya choose my Choose the XCub after a test hop.
Here’s a vid to prove it:
JustSayin, Down in the Dirt, MaxSends