Cessna 172

The Cessna 172 was first flown in 1955 and is still in production today. More Cessna 172s have been built than any other type of aircraft. There are about 19 different models and many more variants to the models. The most noticeable changes between the models is the increase horsepower of the engines. The first model in 1956 Cessna  powered the 172 with 145hp Continental 0-300 and the latest Cessna 172 contains a 180hp Lycoming IO-360L2A. Furthermore, Cessna is now producing their 172s with Garmin G1000 glass instead of the round steam gauges.

The Cessna 172 I fly is a 1978 model N. The avionics consist of steam gauges unlike the glass panel in the Cessna 162 and newer 172s and a Garmin GNA430 GPS, Communication and VOR radio. Being a rental aircraft with many years of service the cosmetics are showing the wear and tear. While the looks might not be all there, it is completely safe and flies great. This aircraft can carry 3 adults and full fuel and is a nice stable aircraft for local and short cross country flights. 

Photo by General Aviation News


Skyhawk Skyhawk SP
Maximum Cruise Speed 122 ktas 126 ktas
Maximum Range   696 nm 610 nm
Takeoff Distance (S.L., ISA, MTOW)   1,685 ft 1,633 ft
Ground Roll 945 ft 960 ft
Landing Distance (S.L., ISA, MLW) 1,295 ft 1,335 ft
Ground Roll 550 ft 575 ft
Maximum Operating Altitude 13,500 ft 14,000 ft
Maximum Climb Rate (Sea Level) 721 fpm 730 fpm
VNE 163 kias 163 kias
Stall Speed 47 kcas 48 kcas

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Avionics & Powerplant

Avionics               Garmin G1000              Garmin G1000
Manufacturer          Textron Lycoming         Textron Lycoming
Model                IO-360-L2A                IO-360-L2A
Power Output                    160 hp                    180 hp
Manufacturer                McCauley                McCauley
Description   2 blade metal, fixed pitch   2 blade metal, fixed pitch

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Skyhawk Skyhawk SP
Maximum Ramp Weight 2,457 lb 2,558 lb
Maximum Takeoff Weight 2,450 lb 2,550 lb
Maximum Landing Weight 2,450 lb 2,550 lb
Usable Fuel Capacity
Weight 318 lb 318 lb
Volume 53 gal 53 gal
Typically-Equipped Empty Weight   1,691 lb 1,717 lb
Useful Load 766 lb 841 lb
Maximum Payload 759 lb 833 lb
Full Fuel Payload 448 lb 523 lb
Baggage Capacity
Weight 120 lb 120 lb
Volume 30 cu ft 30 cu ft

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Skyhawk Skyhawk SP
Length 27 ft 2 in 27 ft 2 in
Height 8 ft 11 in 8 ft 11 in
Wingspan 36 ft 1 in 36 ft 1 in
Wing Area 174 sq ft 174 sq ft
Length   11 ft 10 in 11 ft 10 in
Maximum Height 48 in 48 in
Maximum Width 40 in 40 in
Seating Capacity 4 4

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Performance figures are from cessna.com and not intended for flight planning or training.


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