This type of aircraft is also suitable for ab initio training however it is always best to start in a slower aircraft such as the Cessna 152. You may complete your PPL (Private Pilot Licence) in this aircraft. It has 4 seats, 1 Pilot and 3 Passengers and the operating costs are low. Cessna started to produce this type back in 1956 and manufactured over 43,000 of this type. Today Cessna still produces this type called the Cessna 172S it has Garmin G1000 instead of the analogue instruments and the basic cost for a new one is approximately $310,000 USD.

Operating Costs

We will charge the following rates wet (Including Fuel):

Dual $392.70/hr (With Instructor)

Solo $297.00/hr (Pilot/Student Only)

Hours Flown Per Year






Cost Per Hour to Fly  (w Reserve Costs)






General Characteristics


Crew: one

Capacity: three passengers

Length: 27 ft 2 in (8.28 m)

Wingspan: 36 ft 1 in (11.00 m)

Height: 8 ft 11 in (2.72 m)

Wing area: 174 sq ft (16.2 m2)

Aspect ratio: 7.32

Airfoil: modified NACA 2412

Empty weight: 1,691 lb (767 kg)

Gross weight: 2,450 lb (1,111 kg)

Fuel capacity: 56 US gallons (212 litres)

Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming IO-360-L2A four cylinder, horizontally opposed aircraft engine, 160 hp (120 kW)

Propellers: 2-bladed metal