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The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is a four-seat light aircraft, very commonly used in flight training

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Why are some fuel-injected engines started with the mixture at idle cut-off?

The POH for a C172N with a carbureted Lycoming O-320 says: STARTING ENGINE Mixture -- RICH Carburetor Heat -- COLD Master Switch -- ON Prime -- AS REQUIRED Throttle -- OPEN 1/8 INCH ...
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How to check if (small) aircraft's radio is working properly?

Is there a standard way to test/check aircraft's radio without calling anybody (Ground/Tower) to see if it is receiving and transmitting? Is there a way to check aircraft radio with your own ...
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Should you immediately attain max glide speed after engine failure?

For the Cessna 172 Skyhawk maximum glide is attained at a speed of 65 KIAS. If you're flying well above this speed, let's say 90 KIAS, and suffer an engine failure, what would be the best practice: ...
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What is a Cessna 172's maximum altitude?

What is the maximum altitude at which a Cessna 172 can fly?
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Is there anything extra required to spin a Cessna 172 in the Utility category?

I'm trying to find a suitable aircraft to get my spin endorsement for my CFI rating but am running into trouble with most aerobatic aircraft due to my height (too tall). My last thought is that I ...
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What are these holes in my Cessna 172, just in front of the elevator?

Been wondering about these for a while. Student pilot working on my PPL. When preflighting my Cessna 172 the other day, I noticed these holes just in front of the elevator. What are they for? The ...
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What are good tips for flying across Tejon pass?

I will be flying from Northern California to Southern California this weekend for the first time in a C172SP (KPAO to KFUL). My planned altitude is 9500 feet. I had a talked with my former instructor ...
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Does full nose up trim yield best glide in Cessna 172/152 for a given load?

I heard from a ground instructor that full nose up trim will yield best glide in a 152 and 172. As I understand best L/D, a lighter loaded plane will require a slower glide than the same craft ...
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Is there a maximum airfield elevation in which a Cessna 172P can operate?

The title says it all: is there a maximum airfield elevation in which a Cessna 172P can operate? Or a maximum density altitude at which take off shouldn't be considered?
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What are the landing stall speeds of a Cessna 172?

I understood from Why is stall speed listed in a POH? that the Cessna Skyhawk POH lists stall speeds for specific conditions due to a lack of AoA indicator. However, what's unclear to me is what the ...
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How many aluminum panels on the top of a 172M wing from 1972?

I'm looking into getting a wing to do some experiments prior to modifying an actual aircraft. Thanks to awesome folks on this forum, I've been able to find the wing of a 172M from 1972 that I can pick ...
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Is there any load and balance and attitude that can put positive G on one wing and negative on the other?

I got caught in gusty cross wind on the final approach to Catalina airport last week and decided to add power and push for quick turn to come back over laterally sliding runway in a Cessna 172N. ...
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What is the difference between MCP and METO?

I was reading the Cessna 150H POH earlier today and noticed that the manual mentions something like "Normal cruising is done at 65% to 75% of METO power." The Cessna 172S POH charts refer to cruising ...
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How is the Cessna 172S G1000 Electrical System powered?

Why, on a Cessna 172S, there is a positive voltage reading on the Main bus when only the standby battery switch is on? In the checklist it says verify M BUS Volts are 1.5volts or less. I thought ...
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What lights does the Cessna 172 light rheostat control?

I am part of a team developing a Cessna 172 P model for FlightGear, an open source free flight simulator. We are now programming how the panel and radio lightning rheostat should work, but we found a ...
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What is this stem on the underside of a Cessna 172R (1997)?

There is a stem that is located on the underside of the airplane between the drain valves for the fuel strainer and reservoir tank. It looks like a small stem that is protruding. I have noticed it ...
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What is the safe separation for landing a Cessna-172 behind a commercial airline jet?

When is it safe to land a Cessna-172 after a commercial airline jet has landed?
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What happens if you exceed the maximum speed on a C172?

The airspeed indicator has a red marking that means: "never exceed this speed" ($V_{NE}$, around 160 KIAS). Why can't you exceed that speed?
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Which way should I rotate the propeller of a C172?

During pre-flight which direction should I be rotating the propeller of a Cessna 172 if I need to reach the alternator belt? I thought I was told "In the direction it rotates during flight"; however ...
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Is an aircraft's maximum landing weight really weight, or is it mass?

I'm calculating the lift of a Cessna 172 and I don't understand the numbers given for weight. The maximum landing weight is 2550 pounds which is nearly 1134kg. But does that mean 1134 Newtons (weight) ...
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Where can find Service Ceiling of an aircraft?

I would like to figure out the service ceiling for Cessna 172N and I couldn't find it anywhere in the POH. Where can I find it? In POH or somewhere else? If in POH, please post a snapshot of it.
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What are the Autopilot Minimums for a C-172 G1000?

(GA Pilot) On a C-172 (G1000 Avionics), what would be the AutoPilot minimums OR at what altitude would one need to disengage the auto-pilot and take controls for: 1) Precision Approaches 2) Non-...
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How should wake turbulence from aircraft on the ground be avoided during landing?

If a large jet aircraft is holding short of runway 28L while I am landing a single-engine aircraft on runway 28R, how should I proceed with such a landing?
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Why does the Cessna 172S Skyhawk use only two blade fixed pitched prop?

Surely it would get more thrust from a three blade variable pitch propeller. From what I've read it's all about the area swept and also should be far enough apart to not cause too much interference. ...
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What difficulties would would a person face, trying to use a Cessna as a car? [closed]

The older Cessna's (like 172,152) have an average wing span of about 10m, which would need about 2 lanes of some highway or some other road and would be easily available on some National Highway. The ...
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How to do Weight & Balance for Cessna 172?

What is the best method to do Weight & Balance for a Cessna 172? (If it's possible with a small tutorial!) Thanks
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How to Recover from a Spin in Cessna 172?

How to recover from a spin in a Cessna 172 ? What are the different maneuvers that a pilot would have to use to to do so?
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Why is the initial short-field climb below Vₓ in a Cessna 172?

Short-field takeoff procedure for a Cessna 172R is Wing Flaps – 10°. Brakes – APPLY. Throttle – FULL OPEN. Mixture – RICH … Brakes – RELEASE. Elevator Control – SLIGHTLY TAIL LOW. ...
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What are good strategies for the “impossible turn”? [duplicate]

For reference, I fly a Cessna 172. I've read about a couple of different strategies for the impossible turn (attempting to turn back to the airport after engine failure at low altitude). The first ...
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What is the best method to time your round out or flare in Cessna 172?

I am a student pilot and I usually round out too high and I am not sure why. Can somebody guide me how to make decision whether I am too high or not.
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Is a lower CHT on one cylinder cause for concern?

I have some concerns about the level of maintenance and service on some rental airplanes on an out of town trip. The first airplane I rented had some misgivings, so I went on a different one today. ...
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Cessna 172/182: Should I set the tank selector to the R.H. tank after parking the airplane?

The single-engine Cessna 172 and 182 aircraft models have a dual gravity-fed fuel system, where you can draw from both the LH and RH tank simultaneously in flight. I've heard it said that when you ...
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In a Cessna 172 flying VFR on long final, when do I extend flaps to 10, 20, and 30 degrees?

At the pilot-controlled airfield I use most frequently, we fly a standard rectangular pattern. The normal-landing C172 flap sequence goes Downwind: 10 degrees past the “abeam point” and airspeed in ...
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Why does the lack of a magneto affect engine RPM?

So I don't have my pilots licence, but I was part of the Australian Air Force Cadets for nearly 8 years (wonderful organisation). During this time I went on a number of flights in Cessna 172's and ...
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What could cause uneven fuel levels in a Cessna 172?

I went for a 1.5 hour flight in a 1977 Cessna 172N, with several takeoffs and landings. I was alone. When I left, I had 18 gallons in each tank. When I arrived back, I had 15 gallons in the left tank, ...
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Why did Cessna get rid of manual flaps in their 172?

At the club I fly at, there is an older Cessna 172 that has a manual "Johnson Bar" that is used to put the flaps down. In the newer 152, and I believe the rest of the planes (I have yet to fly them), ...
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How can I know if a landing exceeds the hard landing threshold for a Cessna 172S?

How does a pilot determine the difference between a firm landing, and one that needs to be written up for a hard landing inspection in a Cessna 172S?

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