The Cessna model 172 "Skyhawk" is a 4-seat, single engine high-wing monoplane. It is the most mass produced aircraft in the world. It remains one of the most popular general aviation aircraft, and is still in production.
|Manufacturer||Cessna Aircraft Company|
|Role||4-seat general aviation aircraft|
|Variants||T-41 Mescalero (USAF Military variant)|
The Cessna 172 is used in many roles. Some more common uses of the aircraft include pilot training, leisure flying, and patrols for the Civil Air Patrol.
The C172 is a high winged aircraft with a variable pitch propeller. A wingspan of 36 feet and a rate of climb of 750 feet/minute.
The recommended take off distance of about 1600 feet and a landing distance of about 1200 feet make it capable of using dirt strips at small, isolated airports.
It has electrically operated flaps and a mechanical rudder, elevator and aileron controls. The plane has dual controls and can be flown from either the left or right seat. It has a maximum cruise speed of around 120 knots and has a range of 700 nm with a service ceiling of 12,000 feet as the cabin is not pressurized.
The high wings, and the extensively glazed cockpit give the pilot excellent visibility when landing and during taxying.