The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is a four-seat high-wing aircraft featuring a 180-horsepower Lycoming IO-360-B2F engine, tricycle landing gears, an aft window and swept-back tail fin. Introduced in 1998, this light aircraft includes a Garmin G1000 flight instrument system, leather seats and an ADS-B traffic option.
The Skyhawk's air-cooled, horizontally-opposed four-cylinder engine is a fuel-injected variant delivering a maximum engine rpm of 2,700 revolutions. The 172s aircraft has a maximum take-off weight of 2,550 pounds. The Lycoming O-360 engine has a factory-rating of 2,000 hours or 12 years before overhaul.
A 172r model variant of the Skyhawk is equipped with Lycoming's IO-360-L2A engine. This engine is the same as the B2F engine of the 172s, but has a lower power rating of 160 horsepower and a 2,400 rpm maximum. The 172r model has a maximum take-off weight of 2,450 pounds. First introduced in 1996, a vast number of 172r models remain in flight. The 172r is the predecessor of the 172s and is no longer in production, although pre-owned models are available for purchase from aviation dealers and private sellers.
Both versions of the Skyhawk feature a two-blade fixed-pitch McCauley propeller, stainless steel control tubes, epoxy corrosion proofing and a four-point intercom system. The Skyhawk's interior offers high-quality soundproofing, a multi-level ventilation system, energy-absorbing seats and inertia reel harnesses.