The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is ubiquitous to general aviation. Over 45,000 have been built from 1956 continuing through current production today. Serving as the primary trainer around the world, this forgiving aircraft allows students to hone skills from private pilot, through instrument, commercial and CFI ratings. We maintain several Cessna 172s in our fleet to be available for our students. We pride ourselves with a pristinely maintained fleet that is always cleaned after each flight and ready. The 172 is not only a great plane to learn in, but once you have your license, to use to move around the country, take aerial photos and enjoy flying! The best way to learn if flying is for you is to meet with one of our instructors, speak about your goals, and go for a flight. Trust us, once you get your hands on the controls, you will be hooked.

Not interested in flying yourself? No worries, we have clients regularly call us to enjoy a airplane ride with their family, take photos, and see a unique perspective of familiar sights. Our certified instructors have years of training and knowledge and are sure to show you a great time in a general aviation aircraft.

Contact us for more information or to schedule your flight!


Learn about the Cessna 172 (specs for S type)

General Characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: three passengers
  • Length: 27’2″
  • Wingspan: 36’1″
  • Height: 8’11”
  • Wing area: 174 sq ft
  • Empty weight: 1,691 lbs
  • Gross weight: 2,450 lbs
  • Fuel capacity: 56 US gallons
  • Powerplant: 1 Lycoming IO-360-L2A four cylinder engine
  • Power Generation: 160 hp
  • Propellers: 2-bladed metal, fixed pitch


  • Cruise speed: 122 kn (140 mph)
  • Stall speed: 47 kn (54 mph) (power off, flaps down)
  • Never exceed speed: 163 kn (188 mph)
  • Range: 696 nmi (801 mi) with 45 minute reserve, 55% power, at 12,000 ft
  • Service ceiling: 13,500′
  • Rate of climb: 721 ft/min
  • Wing loading: 14.1 lb/sq ft


Ready to Fly?

If you are ready to fly with us, we offer one-hour rides and lessons. For $195, you can fly with one of our qualified instructors. We have people use this hour from anything from a fun outing to see the sights and take photos to hands on instruction. A one-hour lesson is a terrific way to kick off your aspirations to be a pilot or to refresh some old skills. Prices for rides and the one-hour lessons are all inclusive including rental, instructor, and fuel. Click below to purchase!


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