The Beginner's Dream
172 Skyhawk

The Safest Plane on the Market

Since 1955, there’s never been a more accredited aircraft than the Cessna 172. It’s time-tested design and handling characteristics make it not only the world’s number one choice for training, but also the safest GA aircraft money can buy. With very near 50K models in production, the 172 has proven its value and abilities above all other GA airplanes. You’ll look far and wide to find a pilot who doesn’t have extensive time and trust in the venerable 172.


Length 27 ft 2 in (8.3 m)
Height 8 ft 11 in (2.7 m)
Wingspan 36 ft 1 in (11.00 m)
Wing Area 174 sq ft (16.17 sq m)

Cabin Interior

Height 48 in (1.2 m)
Width 40 in (1.00 m)
Length 11 ft 10 in (3.6 m)
Maximum Occupants 4

Baggage Capacity

Weight 120 lb (54 kg)
Volume 30 cu ft (0.85 cu m)
Maximum Ramp Weight 2,558 lb (1,160 kg)
Maximum Takeoff Weight 2,550 lb (1,157 kg)
Maximum Landing Weight 2,550 lb (1,157 kg)
Usable Fuel Weight 318 lb (144 kg)
Usable Fuel Volume 53 gal (201 l)
Basic Empty Weight 1,680 lb (762 kg)
Useful Load 878 lb (398 kg)
Maximum Payload 870 lb (395 kg)
Full Fuel Payload 560 lb (254 kg)
Maximum Cruise Speed 124 ktas (230 km/h)
Maximum Range 640 nm (1,185 km)
Takeoff Distance 1,630 ft (497 m)
Ground Roll 960 ft (293 m)
Landing Distance 1,335 ft (407 m)
Ground Roll 575 ft (175 m)
Service Ceiling 14,000 ft (4,267 m)
Maximum Climb Rate 730 fpm (223 mpm)
Maximum Limit Speed 163 kias (302 km/h)
Stall Speed 48 kcas (89 km/h)
Manufacturer Lycoming
Model IO-360-L2A
Power Output 180 hp (180 hp)
Propeller Manufacturer McCauley
Description 2 blade metal, fixed pitch

* These are the numbers for the most current factory model provided by Textron. See Individual listings and your individual manual for correct numbers. Performance data is based on standard conditions with zero wind. Field performance assumes a level, hard-surface, dry runway. Range is based on a ferry mission with one pilot (170 lb) at 55% power with 45 minutes reserve.

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