This 1975 Cessna 172M Skyhawk Is a Multimission ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

Upgrades to 180 hp and newer avionics make this aircraft more capable than the average 172.

Cessna’s 172 excels in a number of settings, from personal use to flight school fleets. [Courtesy: Randy Long]

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Cessna’s 172 Skyhawk first flew in 1955 and was based on the company’s earlier 170, a four-seat taildragger. Adding a nosewheel made the aircraft easier to handle on the ground and removed some of the anxiety pilots often felt about potentially ground-looping a tailwheel aircraft during landing. Cessna also squared off the airplane’s vertical fin and followed with additional tweaks that instantly made the 172 appear more modern than the 170.

This 1975 172M has particular appeal to me because it is the same model as Six-Zero-Romeo, the airplane in which I took my first solo flights. I do not think anyone forgets going aloft, alone, for the first time. The experience might have been even more memorable in this Skyhawk, which received a Penn Yan SuperHawk conversion to a 180 hp Lycoming O-360. My trainer had the stock 150 hp O-320. 

This 1975 Skyhawk has 3,909 hours on the airframe, 1,970 hours on its 180 hp Lycoming 0-360 engine since new. The panel includes a Garmin GMA 340 audio panel with intercom and markers, Garmin GNS 430W, panel-mounted Garmin 396, KX155 nav/com, GTX327 transponder with ADS-B Out, dual glideslopes, KN 64 DME, and S-Tec 30 autopilot.

Skyhawks have long appealed to a large, diverse audience because of their versatility, economy, and reliability. Pilots looking for an aircraft that is well suited for training and personal travel should consider this 1975 Cessna 172M Skyhawk, which is available for $102,000 on AircraftForSale.

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Jonathan Welsh is a private pilot who worked as a reporter, editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal for 21 years, mostly covering the auto industry. His passion for aviation began in childhood with balsa-wood gliders his aunt would buy for him at the corner store. Follow Jonathan on Twitter @JonathanWelsh4

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