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I flew a Cessna 172 for the first time yesterday. Still not sure… - delta_november

Feb. 22nd, 2013

06:27 am

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I flew a Cessna 172 for the first time yesterday. Still not sure what to make of it.

To date I've been flying C150 (and the slightly higher powered C152). It's a two seater, with a cabin like a British sports car. The pilot and passenger sit side by side, hip to hip. Max takeoff weight is 1600 lbs.

On paper, the C172 isn't too much bigger. Max takeoff weight is 2300 lbs. But it feels huge. The cabin feels like a family car. The front seats are real bucket seats, not cushions on the floor. There's space between my hip and the passenger's. I need to lean forward to reach some of the dashboard switches.

The big prop on the 172 means more thrust at a given RPM. On the plus side, it can climb and cruise faster. On the minus side, there's more thrust than I'd like at idle. Taxiing involves either hauling back on the throttle or riding the brakes to keep the speed under control. Slow flight is comical -- I had full pitch-up trim and 1200 RPM, and still had to haul way back on the yoke to get the stall horn to sound. I was convinced that the horn must be really quiet and I'd missed it.

I'm sure I'll get used to it, and if I'm going to carry 3 passengers instead of 1 I'll have to, but for now I'm more comfortable in the teeny tiny 150.