Cessna 172

Specifications

The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is a four-seat, single engine, high wing, fixed-wing aircraft made by the Cessna Aircraft Company. First flown in 1955, more Cessna 172s have been built than any other aircraft.

Measured by its longevity and popularity, the Cessna 172 is the most successful aircraft in history. Cessna delivered the first production models in 1956. As of 2015 Cessna and its partners had built more than 43,000.

The Skyhawk N, or Skyhawk/100 as Cessna termed it, was introduced for the 1977 model year. The “100” designation indicated that it was powered by a Lycoming O-320-H2AD, 160 horsepower (119 kW) engine designed to run on 100 octane fuel, whereas all previous engines used 80/87 fuel. Unfortunately, this engine proved troublesome and it was replaced by the similarly-rated O-320-D2J to create the 1981 172P.

Aircraft Details

Length: 26’11” | 8.204 m
Wingspan: 36’ | 10.973 m
Tail Height: 8’ | 2.438 m
Tail Span: 11’4” | 3.454 m
Cabin Width: 3’2” | 1.2 m
Landing Gear: 8’ | 2.438 m
Engine: Single
Seats: 4

Aircraft Weight

Basic Empty Weight: 2300 lbs
Maximum takeoff weight: 2300 lbs

Engine Specifications

Engine – Lycoming 0-320-H2AD 160 HP air cooled four cylinders
Oil Capacity – 6 Litres
Total Fuel Capacity – 188 Litres
Fuel Consumption – 30 Litres / Hour

Speeds

Cruise TAS – 110 Kt
Stall Speed Vso – 44 kt
Best Angle of Climb – 59 Kt
Best Rate of Climb – 73 Kt
Cruise Climb – 80 Kt
Approach Speed – 65 Kt
Max. Crosswind – 15 Kt
Glide Speed – 65 Kt
VFE – 85 Kt
VNE – 160 Kt

Range: 440 nm

Take-off

Ground Roll: 820 ft
Over 50 ft Obstacle: 1390 ft

Landing

Ground Roll: 520 ft
Over 50 ft Obstacle: 1250 ft
Rate of Climb: 770 fpm
Ceiling: 14200 ft

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