Cessna 172 Skyhawk Buyers Guide

The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is one of the most recognized general aviation aircraft in the world. Some call it the Ford Taurus of airplanes.

Cessna 172 Skyhawk


Cessna 172 M Skyhawk – Performance Data (via risingup.com)

There are many different variants of the Skyhawk, and it is best to do more research to find out which is best for you. RisingUp.com is a great resource for learning about the different specifications for aircraft variations.

Horsepower: 150 Gross Weight: 2300 lbs
Top Speed: 122 kts Empty Weight: 1335 lbs
Cruise Speed: 115 kts Fuel Capacity: 42 gal
Stall Speed (dirty): 44 kts Range: 435 nm
Takeoff Landing
Ground Roll: 865 ft Ground Roll 520 ft
Over 50 ft obstacle: 1525 ft Over 50 ft obstacle: 1250 ft
Rate Of Climb: 645 fpm
Ceiling: 13100 ft

What is it used for?

The 172 is a great first plane for someone to buy. It is a simple airplane to fly, and is relatively affordable to purchase and maintain. It is not the fastest aircraft in the world, so it is not the best for long cross-country flights. With four seats it can be perfect for short $100 hamburger trips with a few friends.

Due to its well-rounded specs this plane is great for flight instruction. Many are IFR certified, so they can be used from private pilot training through instrument training. For someone looking to build hours, most models burn less than 12 GPH of AvGas.

Unfortunately, most models  are neither high performance nor complex; this means that you cannot take your commercial pilot  in this aircraft. Finding something with retractable gear and a adjustable-pitch propeller may be a better option if you are looking for a plane to do your commercial certificate in.

History of the Aircraft

The Cessna Skyhawk was first developed in 1955 as a tricycle-gear variant of the Cessna 170. Originally, it was marketed as an easy-to-fly airplane that a pilot could “drive” through the skies. Over the years this aircraft has become an icon in the aviation community. The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is the most produced airplane on the planet.

Cessna 172 Skyhawk

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