Used Aircraft Guide

December 2000 Issue

Archer or Hawk?

Both are family sedans suited for modest cross country trips. The Skyhawk is the economy choice while the Archer has longer legs.

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If thereís such a thing as the family sedan of airplanes, it surely must be the Cessna 172. And if itís not the Skyhawk, then Piperís venerable and popular Archer must, by most accounts, share first or second place.

Although the Skyhawk predates the Archeróeven its earliest variantsóby nearly a decade, these two aircraft have endured, serving as both entry-level trainers and family transportation for two generations of aircraft owners.Faced with buying one or the other, how do they compare across the board, in terms of performance, cost of ownership and ever elusive ramp appeal?

We recently dusted off the performance manuals, probed the logbooks, took a couple of test f...

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