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The Cessna 172 Skyhawk, along with the Piper Arrow & Beechcraft Baron are considered to be the most user friendly learning platform for flight training.
Given their uncomplicated control panels, coupled with comfortable flight specs, take to the sky and learn to fly the Skyhawk, Piper and Baron for advanced flight school training.

The most rudimentary in its class the Cessna 172 flight specifications include:

  • 4 Seat Passenger plane
  • Single engine aircraft
  • High and fixed wing aeroplane

First flown in 1955 and then produced on mass by the Cessna Aircraft Company as soon as 1956 given its simple to use and “easy to learn to fly” controls and flight specifications. The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is considered to be one of the most widely produced aircrafts making it the most successful in its class.

Although similar in stature, the Cessna 172 continues to be the preferred model for flight training world-wide due to its size, weight and simplistic controls and specifications.

Specifications of the Cessna 172 Skyhawk:


  • Manufactured by Cessna
  • Private Piston-driven Propeller
  • Range of 640 nautical miles
  • Cruise at a ceiling of 14,000 ft
  • Max Speed 124 knots Or 143 mph

Spending time in the cockpit of a Cessna 172 benefit would be highly beneficial to further access alternative aircraft models. While Blue Chip flight school’s training fleet is mainly comprised of Cessna 172 aircrafts, students also have access to the Piper Arrow and the Baron Be 55 as well as the newly introduced Sling aircraft to name but a few.

When training to become a pilot in order to achieve your Private Pilot’s License (PPL) the Cessna 172 is the perfect flight training kit in pursuit of in-flight qualification requirements.

PPL practical requirements include:

  • 45 hours flight time (25 dual flight, 15 solo flight plus 5 hours of simulation)
  • 48 inflight lessons

At Blue Chip Flight school pilot students benefit from learning to fly an aeroplane in a C172while also benefiting from exposure to a more advanced flight training fleet. With access to a variety of other aircrafts including those with retractable gear, variable pitch propellers and fuel injection systems, Blue Chip Flight School offers greater heights to flight training success in South Africa.

Contact Us to get the feeling of being a real pilot by flying the C172 on an actual Introductory Flight.