Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP – Operating Costs, Specifications, and Performance Data

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

Summary

FULL AIRCRAFT NAME
Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP
AIRCRAFT NAME
172S Skyhawk SP
AIRCRAFT MANUFACTURER
Cessna
MAX RANGE (30 MIN RESERVE)
610 nm
SPEED
124 kts
PASSENGERS
3 people
ACQUISITION COST
$411000
ENGINES
Lycoming Ly IO-360-L2A 1
WINGSPAN
35.08 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 1998 and the three current models are the Cessna 172R, 172SP & 172TD.
 
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, and a 180 hp Lycoming powers the Cessna 172SP. The higher power of the SP gives the Cessna 172SP better performance, especially on hot days or at higher altitudes.
 
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.
 
The Garmin G1000 glass cockpit with two large LCD displays became standard equipment in 2005.