The Cessna 172 is a four place high wing aircraft. First produced in 1957, it is still in current production in 2006 and like the Cessna 152 is extensively used as a aviation trainer the world over. More than 35 000 have been built.
With a respectable cruise speed of 120kts and the ability to seat 4 people it is a perfect general purpose aircraft and is used by club members for cross country flying. Algoa Flight Centre has 2 Cessna 172 aircraft, ZS-KSF and ZS-MBP, both fitted with 160hp engines.
KSF has long range tanks and has an endurance of 6 hours. MBP has a 4 hour endurance but is also equipped with a full instrument flying panel and is therefore used very successfully in our instrument training program.
|Engine||Lycoming 0-320-D2J 160hp|
|Fuel Capacity||43 us gallons total|
|Fuel Capacity-Long Range||54 us gallons total|
|Cruise Speed 75% power||120kts @ 8000′|
|Range @ 75% power||440nm’s -Standard 585nm’s – long Range|
|Endurance @ 75% power||4.0 hrs including reserve – Standard|
|Endurance @ 75% power||5.7 hrs including reserve – Long Range|
|Rate of Climb||700ft/min @ Sea Level|
|Useful load||950lbs 172P 850lbs 172N|
|Take Off Performance at SL||Ground Roll 725ft|
|Landing Performance @ SL||Ground Roll 540ft|