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CESSNA 172 Skyhawk

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Name 172 Skyhawk
Manufacturer CESSNA
Body Narrow
Wing Fixed Wing
Position High wing (wing struts)
Tail Regular tail, mid set
WTC Light
Type code L1P
Engine Piston
Engine count Single
Position Nose mounted
Landing gear Tricycle fixed
Mass group 1

Manufacturered as:

CESSNA P172 Skyhawk Powermatic
CESSNA Skyhawk Powermatic
CESSNA Mescalero
CESSNA Skyhawk
CESSNA Cutlass
CESSNA T-41 Mescalero
CESSNA 172 Skyhawk
CESSNA 172 Cutlass
FMA P-172
REIMS FR172 Reims Rocket
REIMS Reims Rocket
REIMS Skyhawk
REIMS F172 Skyhawk

CESSNA 172 Skyhawk

CESSNA 172 Skyhawk CESSNA 172 Skyhawk 3D


Light utility aircraft. In service since 1956 (172R since 1996). Exists in many civil and military models. Worldwide about 37.000 aircraft built between 1955 and 1985. Non retractable gear. Last major Skyhawk Model CESSNA 172N. Licence production F172 by REIMS, France. New version 172R and 172SP based on the 172N with quiet engines, GPS/IFR GPS and single axis autopilot were put in production in 1996. US-mil. type: T-41 Mescalero as basic trainer and observation aircraft. Note: Has 2 side windows and rounded rear window.

Technical Data

Wing span 10.9 m35.761 ft
Length 8.2 m26.903 ft
Height 2.7 m8.858 ft
Powerplant 1 x 145 HP Continental O-300-A or 1 x 175 HP Continental GO-300-C or 1 x 145 HP Continental O-300-C or 1 x 160 HP Lycoming O-320-H2AD or 1 x 195 HP Continental IO-360-KB piston engine with 2 blade propeller.
Engine model Continental O-300, Continental O-360, Lycoming O-320

Performance Data

Take-Off Initial Climb
(to 5000 ft)
Initial Climb
(to FL150)
Initial Climb
(to FL240)
MACH Climb Cruise Initial Descent
(to FL240)
(to FL100)
Descent (FL100
& below)
V2 (IAS) kts IAS kts IAS kts IAS kts MACH TAS 114 kts MACH IAS kts IAS kts Vapp (IAS) kts
Distance 514 m ROC ft/min ROC ft/min ROC ft/min ROC ft/min MACH ROD ft/min ROD ft/min MCS kts Distance m
MTOW 11001,100 kg
1.1 tonnes
Ceiling FL150 ROD ft/min APC A
WTC L Range 580580 nm
1,074,160 m
1,074.16 km
3,524,146.984 ft

Accidents & Serious Incidents involving C172

  • B738 / C172, en route, near Falsterbo Sweden, 2014 (On 20 July 2014, the pilot of a VFR Cessna 172 became distracted and entered the Class 'C' controlled airspace of two successive TMAs without clearance. In the second one he was overtaken by a Boeing 738 inbound to Copenhagen with less than 90 metres separation. The 738 crew reported a late sighting of the 172 and "seemingly" assessed that avoiding action was unnecessary. Although the 172 had a Mode C-capable transponder, it was not transmitting altitude prior to the incident and the Investigation noted that this had invalidated preventive ATC and TCAS safety barriers and compromised flight safety.)
  • C172, McKinney TX USA, 2003 (On 8 July 2003, a Cessna 172S on an instructional flight hit a vulture which caused significant structural damage to the left wing. During the attempted forced landing which followed, control of the aircraft was lost and the aircraft crashed into terrain near McKinney TX USA.)
  • C172, Toronto Canada, 2003 (On 9th October 2003, a Cessna 172, suffered loss of power and made a forced landing after experiencing Carburettor Icing, over Toronto, Canada)
  • CRJ7 / C172, Allentown PA USA, 2008 (On 19 September 2008, A Mesa Airlines CRJ-700 making a night take off from Allentown in accordance with its clearance saw an aircraft ahead on the runway whilst accelerating at in excess of 100 knots and responded with a high speed rejected take off, clearing the other aircraft by an estimated 3 metres at approximately 40 knots. It was found that the TWR controller failed to ensure that the just-landed light aircraft had vacated the runway before issuing the take off clearance. This controller was newly recruited and recently certified in-position after supervised experience gained almost exclusively during daylight hours.)
  • E145/C172, Gulfport MS USA, 2011 (On 19 June 2011, an Embraer ERJ145 being operated by Expressjet AL on a scheduled passenger flight departing Gulfport in day VMC came into close proximity with a privately operated Cessna 172 which had just departed another runway at the same airport which had an extended centreline which passed through the centreline of the runway used by the 145. There was no manoeuvring by either aircraft and no injuries to any occupants.)