Royal Newcastle Aero Club

Cessna 172

We have  VH-RNX. RNX is a modern 2002 S model and is available for hire and flight instruction.

The four-seat, single-engine Cessna 172 Skyhawk is probably the most popular flight training aircraft in the world. The first production models were delivered in 1957, and it is still in production today; more than 35,000 have been built…

The 172 was a direct descendant of the Cessna 170, which used conventional taildragger. Early 172s looked almost identical to the 170, with the same straight aft fuselage and tall gear legs, but later versions incorporated revised landing gear, a lowered rear deck, and an aft window. Cessna advertised this added rear visibility as “Omnivision”.

The final structural development, in the mid-1960s, was the sweptback tail still used today.

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General Characteristics

Crew: 1
Capacity: 3 passengers
Length: 8.28 m (27 ft 2 in)
Wingspan: 11.0 m (36 ft 1 in)
Height: 2.72 m (8 ft 11 in)
Wing area: 16.2 m² (174 ft²)
Empty weight: 743 kg (1,620 lb)
Max takeoff weight: 1,110 kg (2,450 lb)
Powerplant: 1× Lycoming IO-360-L2A flat-4 engine,  160 hp (120 kW) at 2,400 rpm
Zero-lift drag coefficient: 0.0319
Drag area: 0.52 m² (5.58 ft²)
Aspect ratio: 7.32
Lift-to-drag ratio: 7.5

Never exceed speed: 158 knots (302 km/h, 185 mph)
Maximum speed: 123 knots (228 km/h, 142 mph) at sea level
Range: 790 mi (690 nm, 1,270 km) at 60% power at 10,000 ft (3,040 m)
Service ceiling: 13,500 ft (4,120 m)
Rate of climb: 720 ft/min (3.7 m/s)