Cessna 172R – Operating Costs, Specifications, and Performance Data

Compare the fixed costs, variable cost, and performance of Cessna 172R to over 500 jets, turboprops, helicopters and piston aircraft, with accurate data from Conklin & de Decker.

Summary

FULL AIRCRAFT NAME
Cessna 172R
AIRCRAFT NAME
172R
AIRCRAFT MANUFACTURER
Cessna
MAX RANGE (30 MIN RESERVE)
696 nm
SPEED
122 kts
PASSENGERS
3 people
ACQUISITION COST
$240000
ENGINES
Lycoming Ly IO-360-L2A 1
WINGSPAN
36.08 ft
IFR CERTIFIED
Yes

Aircraft History

Based on sales, the Cessna 172 line is the most popular civil aircraft ever made. There were nearly 36,000 built and delivered from 1956 until production stopped in 1986 with the Cessna 172P. Production was resumed in 1997 and the two current models are the Cessna 172R and 172SP.
 
The 1949 Cessna 170 tail dragger was the forerunner of the Cessna 172, and nearly every other Cessna single. As time went on, weights increased and power went up. In 1968, the engine switched from a Continental to a Lycoming. A 160 hp Lycoming powers the current production version Cessna 172R.
 
The Model 172 is stable and easy to fly. Comfort for the pilot and three passengers is good and maintenance is basic and straightforward. As with others in this category, loading the aircraft with optional avionics reduces the useful load.
 
From 2005, the Garmin G100 Nav III glass cockpit with two large LCD panels was available as an option.