How cramped would the backseat of a Cessna 172 be for two full size adults?

December 31, 2009

I calculated it and weight & balance would be within limits, but in terms of passenger comfort, would they fit in the back seat? One adult is 200 the other 180. They are both 6 ft.

Gonna be snug… Also, does the airplane you plan to fly have an upgraded useful load I am unaware of?

Average C172 useful load 800 lb… 380 in back, 340 in front (two standard folks) leaves 80 lb for fuel.. that’s 13 gallons. Take out 5 gallons for 30 minute day VFR reserve, and you have 8 gallons to use… just about an hour… Note.. no baggage, no flight bag…

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7 Responses to “How cramped would the backseat of a Cessna 172 be for two full size adults?”

  1. Joe on December 31st, 2009 8:37 pm

    You are going to suffer. You’ll fit but I wouldn’t want to go for long.
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  2. Charles s on December 31st, 2009 9:10 pm

    2 people would be shoulder to shoulder
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  3. Timoran on December 31st, 2009 9:34 pm

    It’s not much different from the back seat of a small 2-door car. How tolerable this situation is will depend on the length of the trip, in both the car and the plane.
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    Have been in the back seat of a C172

  4. tallbrian1000 on December 31st, 2009 9:50 pm

    I would recheck the weight and balance 380lbs in the rear only leaves about 100lbs each for the front seats.

    In general a 172 is only a 3 passenger plane, I have done 4 passengers but 2 were children.
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  5. Captain J on December 31st, 2009 10:24 pm

    Less room than in back of an old Volkswagen beetle.
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    First hand experience!! And pilot.

  6. Jimmbbo on December 31st, 2009 10:56 pm

    Gonna be snug… Also, does the airplane you plan to fly have an upgraded useful load I am unaware of?

    Average C172 useful load 800 lb… 380 in back, 340 in front (two standard folks) leaves 80 lb for fuel.. that’s 13 gallons. Take out 5 gallons for 30 minute day VFR reserve, and you have 8 gallons to use… just about an hour… Note.. no baggage, no flight bag…
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  7. Katie on December 31st, 2009 11:03 pm

    It’ll be cozy but bearable… They’ll be right next to eachother.
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