Used Aircraft Guide

October 2016 Issue

Cessna 172 Skyhawk

Take your pick from vintage straight tail to ultra-modern glass panel models. None are fast, but most are affordable to fly.

Perhaps one of the most recognizable and most produced general aviation aircraft, Cessna’s 172 Skyhawk may also be among the most economical four-placers to own. Sure, there are others worth considering, including the Piper Warrior, Beech Sundowner and even a Grumman Cheetah, but Skyhawks tend to be favored by flight schools. This makes more of them—including modern glass panel-equipped models—available on the used market. And there are plenty of Skyhawks of various vintages to chose from.

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