One of the most popular high-wing trainer aircraft ever built, the Cessna 172 Skyhawk is also a part of the East Coast Aero Club training and rental fleet.
The 172 is an all metal, four seat, high wing, single engine airplane equipped with tricycle landing gear, having a steerable nose wheel and two main wheels.
It is certified in the normal and utility category. It is not designed for purely aerobatic flight, though some maneuvers are permitted as per the aircraft’s POH. The aircraft is equipped for day VFR and may be equipped for night VFR and/or IFR.
The airplane’s flight control system consists of conventional aileron, rudder and elevator control surfaces. The flap system is electrically powered and can be extended to the 10, 20, and 30 degree position (The 172 did not have electrically powered flaps prior to the F model and some older 172s have 40 degrees of flaps).
The aircraft is powered by a horizontally opposed, four cylinder, overhead valve, air cooled, fuel injected engine with a wet sump lubrication system. The engine is a Lycoming Model IO-360-L2A and is rated at 160 hp. Some older models are powered with the Lycoming O-320 H2AD/D2J, Lycoming O-320-E2D or Continental O-300 series and are rated at 160 hp, 150 hp and 145 hp respectively.
The fuel system consists of two vented integral fuel tanks, a three-position selector valve, fuel shutoff valve, auxiliary fuel pump, fuel strainer, engine driven fuel pump, fuel/air control unit, fuel distribution valve and fuel injection nozzles. Models prior to the 172R featured a carbureted system as opposed to fuel injection.
The electrical system is a 28-volt system powered by a 60 amp alternator and a 24-volt battery.
|Displacement||360 cu. in|
|Carbureted Or Fuel Injected||Fuel-injected|
|Fixed Pitch/ Constant Speed Propeller||Fixed Pitch|
|Fuel Capacity||56 gallons|
|Min. Octane Fuel||100|
|Avg. Fuel Burn at 75% power in standard conditions per hour||About 8.6 gallons|
|Weights and Capacities:|
|Takeoff/Landing Weight Normal Category||2,450 lbs.|
|Takeoff/Landing Weight Utility Category||2,100 lbs.|
|Standard Empty Weight||1,600 lbs.|
|Max. Useful Load Normal Category||857 lbs.|
|Max. Useful Load Utility Category||507 lbs.|
|Baggage Capacity||120 lbs.|
|Oil Capacity||8 quarts|
|Do Not Exceed Speed||160 KCAS|
|Max. Structural Cruising Speed||126 KCAS|
|Stall Speed Clean||51 KCAS|
|Stall Speed Landing Configuration||47 KCAS|
|Climb Best Rate||720 FPM|
|Wing Loading||14.1 lbs./sq. ft.|
|Power Loading||15.3 lbs./hp|
|Service Ceiling||13,500 ft.|