The Skyhawk is one of the mainstays of flight training and personal flight. A & M provides a number of "hawks" for rental, from a 1999 172R model to a 2006 172SP with a G1000 glass panel. They have autopilots, Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) certified Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) Receivers, and some have full-color multi-function displays, as well. The 172R has the 160HP engine, while all the others are SP models with 180HP.
We have a Garmin G-1000-equipped 172SP, with what is commonly called a "glass panel." Because of the advanced avionics, it does require additional instruction and checkout. But even the "steam gauge" 172Rs and 172Ss we have qualify as "Technically Advanced Aircraft."
The 172's have enough room that four people can fit comfortably, though that will usually necessitate leaving with less than full tanks. Most of them have leather interiors, for that extra touch of luxury.
For more information, see the Wikipedia article on the Skyhawk.
|Useful Load||787 lbs||820 - 902 lbs|
|Cruise speed||118KTS @ 75%||123KTS @ 75%|
|Fuel burn||8.6gph @ 75%||10gph @ 75%|
|Usable Fuel capacity||53 gal|
|Range||675NM @ 60%||640NM @ 45%|
Disclaimer: These values for comparison only and are not to be considered official numbers. It is the Pilot in Command's responsibility to verify any numbers used in calculating performance against official numbers found in the airplane's Operating Handbook.