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Cessna 172XP Hawk XP

A slightly beefier version of the Skyhawk offers somewhat improved performance.

[IMGCAP(1)] The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is, in many ways, the standard fixed gear single. Filling much the same niche in aviation as a Toyota Camry does in the automotive world, it may not be exciting, but it performs its mission very well. The 172 has much to recommend it: good stability, docile handling, low stall speeds and a fairly rugged airframe design.

Inevitably, though, there are those who want or need a bit more performance. For those pilots, Cessna offered the Cardinal as a step-up fixed-gear single. Sporting a 180 HP powerplant and constant-speed prop in all but the earliest versions, the Cardinal fit into the lineup between the Skyhawk and the larger (and more powerful) Skylane. <...

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