Does anybody travel with a cessna 172?

October 13, 2008

Do any of you private pilots in here travel around your area in a Cessna 172? If so, how easy is it to travel with 2 people including the baggage? Is distributing weight and balance hard to do with this amount of people?

Cessnas are very forgiving when it comes to weight and balance you should be able to do two people, luggage, and full tanks no problem just be sure to do the math before you go do one calculation with full tanks and one with empty tanks just to make sure fuel burn wont be an issue. If all you've ever done is go fly around with you and your instructor remember fully loaded the plane will fly poorly wont want to climb and it will eat up more runway on take off and landing so be conservative with your performance numbers.

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3 Responses to “Does anybody travel with a cessna 172?”

  1. John B on October 13th, 2008 4:27 am

    As long as your companion doesnt pack like my wife does you should have no problems.
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  2. CRJPILOT on October 13th, 2008 4:45 am

    Cessnas are very forgiving when it comes to weight and balance you should be able to do two people, luggage, and full tanks no problem just be sure to do the math before you go do one calculation with full tanks and one with empty tanks just to make sure fuel burn wont be an issue. If all you've ever done is go fly around with you and your instructor remember fully loaded the plane will fly poorly wont want to climb and it will eat up more runway on take off and landing so be conservative with your performance numbers.
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    CFI-I with 800 hours dual given in C-172's

  3. Pilot boy on October 13th, 2008 5:20 am

    A 172 can carry 4 people and light luggage with reduced fuel.

    The key is keeping the total weight under the maximum gross weight allowed as recommended by the manufacture. If your weight is under max gross, and your center of gravity is within range (know as the C.G. Envelope), fly as far as the fuel volume allows. Of course FAA rules requires enough fuel for flight to your destination plus an extra 30 minutes of flight at cruise (during day VFR flight)

    I had a friend fly his 172 from Alaska to Washington State loaded with baggage and two friends with no problems. Of course they had to stop for fuel along the way.
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