Bred for Success
The Cessna 172 took its first flight in 1955. More 172s have been manufactured than any other aircraft in history. Its longevity and popularity give it the title of the most successful aircraft ever built. The 172 was derived as a variant of the Cessna 170. It is a popular aircraft because it can be modified in a wide array of supplemental type certificates. This includes increasing engine power and higher gross weights. Modifications can be made for additional baggage, fuel, or to improve short take-off and landings.
In 1958, the 172 was used to set the world record for refueled flight endurance. Because of safety issues, this record will stand because they are not accepting new entries. The 172 is also a popular aircraft for flight schools and charter services because of its versatility and ease of flight.
The Skyhawk Today
The Cessna 172 still continues to rule the aviation industry. Newer models and variants have been in popular demand because they are affordable to own and operate, simple to handle, and are perfect for small family transport. Its level of endurance and reliability is not comparable to other aircraft.
Today’s versions of the Cessna 172 include the latest technology in integrated cockpit avionics. There are improved graphical interfaces with more powerful hardware, higher resolution displays, added functionality, and optional wireless technology. All of these modern updates have made the flight deck even easier to operate than ever before!
- Wingspan: 36 ft 1 in
- Pilot: 1
- Passengers: 3
- Baggage Capacity: 30 cu ft
- Max Takeoff Weight: 2,500 lbs
- Useful Load: 878 lbs
- Maximum Cruise Speed: 124 ktas
- Range: 640 nm
- Takeoff Distance: 1,630 ft
- Climb Rate: 730 fpm
- Power Plant: Lycoming IO-360-L2A