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Cessna 172

Cessna 172

Students at Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus begin their private pilot flight training in the 160-horsepower Cessna 172 Skyhawk. The Cessna 172 has proven to be one of the most versatile, reliable and safest training aircraft. The Skyhawk is a native aircraft to Kansas produced in Wichita.

All of our Skyhawks are outfitted with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast system and half are outfitted with Garmin G1000 glass cockpit. This system allows students and instructors to see real-time weather and traffic alerting on the flight deck. Flight Operations also has a link to monitor the actual location of every aircraft in the fleet at any given time.

The real value of the Skyhawk in training is its inherent stability and structural integrity, allowing it to take anything flight training is willing to throw at it. Day after day, the Cessna 172 Skyhawk is ready to provide our students and instructors with the best flight training experience available.


Maximum speed at sea level124 knots
Cruise, 75% power at 8,000 feet123 knots
Stall speed, flaps up48 knots
Stall speed, flaps down40 knots


Range, 75% power at 8,000 feet515 nautical miles
Endurance (time)4.2 hours
Rate of climb at sea level730 feet per minute
Service ceiling13,500 feet


Weights and loads 
Maximum ramp weight2,558 pounds
Maximum takeoff or landing weight2,550 pounds
Baggage allowance120 pounds


Fuel capacity56 gallons
Usable fuel53 gallons


Engine and propellor 
PropellorFixed pitch, diameter 75"
Oil capacity8 quarts