1972 Cessna 172L Aircraft Full Flight Review


Today I want to go around and give you a
detailed review of a 1971 Cessna 172 L model We’re gonna take a little bit of time
and we’re gonna walk through all the different features of this plane
one of the things is that you’re gonna see it looks like a much newer model and
you’re gonna find that there’s some unique upgrades and features
you won’t find another 172s Now since this plane is for sale I’m gonna take a little bit
of time to talk about specifics that are unique to this particular plane but it’s
all going to be very informative The plane is ADS-B compliant and not only
has the outside been completely redone but also the interior as well as the
panel which has been completely upgraded with digital avionics and even has an
auto pilot and a Garmin GPS We are gonna take a look at the entire exterior
interior panel some different features go around the engine compartment and
then we’re gonna do a full flight video One of the things about the flight video
is I’m gonna give you a sneak peek I’m gonna show you just how easy this plane
is to control typically on steep turns you need to have control input from all
of the control surfaces but what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna maintain a steep
turn without touching the yoke That is gonna be an excellent example of just
how beautiful the flight characteristics are on this plane One fun little fact that you may not know is that the flight endurance record is held by two guys who
actually flew one of the very first models of 172 and you may not believe it
but they stayed in the air for an astounding 64 days straight and flew over
150,000 miles without a single touchdown If you’d like to learn a little bit more about that we do have an article below that you can or
a link to the article down in the description below so that you can read
all about that amazing feat The Cessna 172 is the most produced and most successful aircraft in history
there are over 43,000 of them You can carry four people
you can fly at 13,100 feet It’s got great slow flight characteristics you basically can land it
anywhere take off from just about any field any grass strip anywhere so it’s
super fun to be able to take out to the backcountry It is stable it’s fun to fly
you’ve got good visibility these models do come with the rear windows so that you can see all the way around you One of the nice things is is
that if you’ve been out and you’ve been flying larger more complex airplanes
you’re really gonna appreciate coming back into something like a 172 because
these 172s are so easy to fly they’re super relaxing they have a very low
pilot workload and they’re just aerodynamically safe and just made to
just fly themselves This particular 172 is one of the nicest looking available It is the nicely equipped Skyhawk version which basically means that it is a bit faster has a little bit
more performance than the standard 172 The 172 L and M model are the most popular models and one of the reasons for that
is because it has a Lycoming O-320-E2D engine now these engines if they’re maintained will easily go over 3000 hours without a major overhaul and even with just having standard routine maintenance on em They are very fuel efficient as well This particular plane has all logs since new there’s no accident history we have a
title report which shows that it’s never been registered to a flight school it
has been hangared and we just had a detailed an annual done on it
so fresh annual on it as well It’s IFR current and it flies beautifully
which you’re gonna see later on in the flight video So what are one of the main differences between the L and the M models the M model actually
has curved wingtips whereas on this model it’s got a more flattened edge on
the wingtip so one of the ways that you can kind of see the difference between
those two models (background music) So taking a look at the paint scheme on
this it’s a little bit of a cloudy day the sun’s just trying to peek out but you
can see that it’s a three color paint scheme and it is like new condition it
was done recently and fully stripped repainted the cost of something like
this is easily $15,000 to $18,000 I want to show you these steps there’s one here on the strut as well as one down there on the
fuselage which allows you to fill the tanks very easily fuel up if you don’t
have a ladder available and then one of the other things is this little bracket here I’m going to show you that actually holds the door open when you get in
and out so you put that in there and it clips right into place so you don’t have
to worry about the wind (background music) Most 4-cylinder Lycoming engines are
really good I think there are actually 2 lycoming engines that are extremely well
built and last a long time even possibly going close to twice their tbo time one is the IO-360-L2A model which is 180 horsepower parallel valve four cylinder
that was used in the newer Cessna 172s built after 1997 the other one is this one the lycoming o-320-E2D is 150 horsepower and was used in the Cessna L and M models it is a low compression parallel valve engine with a heavier crankcase this particular engine has great compression
all were in the mid 70s on a cold check This engine also has all millenium cylinders and the oil filter adapter STC the carburetor is behind the oil pan on this engine which
helps keep it warm and could be one of the reasons carb ice is very rare in
these models As you can see there’s plenty of space with not too much under the cowling makes it very easy to maintain (background music) So taking a look at the left side of the panel here we’ve obviously got your
standard 6-pack layout one of the nice things about this is that it does have
the airspeed indicator adjustment up here so that you can spin that around
and get your true airspeed using the temperature controls for the temperature
from which is actually way up in the corner over here if you can see that so
that’s got your outside air temperature and you use that to set your true
airspeed off of here If you go look at this turn coordinator it’s a little bit
different than your standard turn coordinator and the reason for that is
that it’s got these extra options on here because it actually controls a
Century I autopilot system which you can find the switch down here but it is an all-electric system with
actually costing $8,600 just for the unit alone not considering
installation costs so a very handy thing to have One of the other things that doesn’t come standard with these is this exhaust gas
temperature gauge so the EGT gauge is very nice to have if you’re wanting to lean
it out for longer flights and that’s very easy to see there right in front of
the main pilot seat you’ve got your RPM gauge obviously and
you’re tach down there okay so going over here we have our
VOR localizer indicators the bottom one here is a KI-201C and then the top one is actually a
glide slope as well with the KI-209 very important to have if you want to do
instrument IFR flights other benefit is is that if you wanted to use this for some
instrument training you can also do that as well as use it for your check right
it’s got all of the equipment necessary for that When we go into the center
panel here we have at the top PMA 8000 B we’re gonna talk a little bit more in
detail about the functions and features while we’re in flight the GPS is a 496
Garmin GPS and that is connected to an antenna which is XM weather capable we do have down here the Mac 1700 nav comms they are digital and it’s kind of a nice feature they were the digital replacement of the
king KX the old button the knob style radios but these actually have memory
settings so you can put your most common airports and like your home airport
frequencies in there and you don’t have to dial it up every time you can
actually select them from the memory settings Just to kind of round out the
rest of the panel here we do have the carb heat if you see the throttle and
your mixture and turn this here so you can see your flap is here so your flap
indicator is over here so you can see what your settings are
10 20 30 and 40 degree flaps you’ve got your carb or your heater for
the interior your cabin heat and that works very well and if we go up to the
rest of the panel we have our left and right fuel gauge your oil pressure
oil temperature amp meter and a Narco AT 155 updated transponder as well (background music) So taking a
look at these seats a little bit closer one of the nice things about this
particular one is how it adjusts so you can see it’s extremely high right now
so anybody that’s a little bit shorter that the big advantage or has longer
legs and needs more legroom and that is done by twisting on get the right one here
this and that will lift up that seat or drop it way far down and then
we’ve got another one here that twists and this twist allows you to recline the
seat back further or lift it up so lift it forward and then finally it’s got the
lever here that allows you to slide it forward and backward for getting in and
out easily or adjusting to reach the pedals Rear seats as well as the front are in
extremely nice condition It’s been fully reupholstered and they do
have even the Skyhawk embroidery in there very clean condition The rear seats do have the 3-point harness as well so a nice safety feature there You can see on the headliner that it is very clean You’ve got your elevator trim wheel you
have your fuel selector gauge down here and it does have left-right and both and
then off as well So you’ve got your microphone in here a little bit older school style microphone for making your radio calls but one of the nice things is you
don’t really have to use that because both of the yokes have a push-to-talk so
there’s one here on the right-hand yoke and the same one over here on the left
very easy to access in flight and it’s very simple to push One of the things I want to show you on here is the gauge over here if you see
that flag there that is the gyro flag so the nice thing about that is that if
that’s on that means that your vacuum system is not operational which
obviously when the plane is not running that’s the case but if it happens in flight it’s a very bright noticeable indication
that you’ve got an issue going on with your vacuum system all right let’s go ahead and start it up now so the key you’ll see is off you’ve got
the master switch on just right now just to have the audio going for us and you
can see the primer over there and we’re not going to go ahead and prime anything
right now just because it’s already been up and running so the mixture needs to
be full in rich and then we all get the throttle to about an eighth of an inch
and then you just turn the key and start it up all right and as soon as it starts up the first thing that you want to do is go over here to
the oil pressure make sure that that is up on the needle and then the next thing
is the oil temp would keep an eye on that for when you’re getting ready to do your
run up and then over here as we talked about that gyro flag you can see that
that has gone away now since the vacuum system is up and operational The next step of the process is to do our run-up so on this particular plane for the
run-up we want to put the throttle at 1700 and then we need to switch the mags one
at a time and we’re watching for an RPM drop of up to 150 but with a difference
of only 50 between the two and then you pull the carb heat as well and make
sure that that drops the RPMs down a little bit (background music) Some of the specifications on
this Cessna 172 L the gross weight of this plane is 2,300 pounds the useful load is 995 pounds fuel capacity is 42 gallons or 252 pounds and then the payload is 743 pounds the ground run is 865 feet and the maximum range is 655 miles If we take a look at this PMA 8000 B
audio panel this is an upgrade from the Garmin 340 it has multiple features in
it that you won’t find in the older versions so you can see right now com1
and com2 are both active so that’s a nice feature because both the left and
the right side pilot and co-pilot can have separate frequencies active and
listening if you’re monitoring ATC transmissions on Center but also want to
check whether at an airport that’s kind of a nice feature for that um you’ve got
your marker beacon there so you can activate that as necessary as well as
you can plug in your phone and you can make radio calls or make phone calls
through the audio panel another feature is if you push and hold the button you
can actually get the playback of the most recent transmission that was sent
through which helps if you’re talking to ATC or what-have-you and you need to
double check and make sure you remembered a clearance or wrote it down right
it’s a very nice feature to be able to playback that most recent transmission on there One of the things I wanna show you on this plane is the Garmin 496 that’s installed in this so this display is very handy it shows
you that we’re about 31 and a half miles away and since we’re kind of going away from it
instead of towards it that that’s gonna get a little bit further as we go We have our flight timer which is how long the plane has been turned on at this point if we were to turn and start going
towards Wahpeton it’s gonna tell us here how long it’s gonna take us there based
on our current ground speed So as you can see our current ground speed right now
is showing just over 120 122 or so 121 and if we look over here on our settings
try to zoom in to where you can see that we are running at about 2350 for our RPM and our air
speed over here if I could get in there is somewhere around 110 so we’re getting set up on the steep turn here you can see it’s just over 30 degrees of the
bank angle we’ve got about 5500 on our altitude our vertical speed is set once
you get it trimmed out using the trim wheel there so that your vertical speed
stays about the same then you can maintain your angle very easily using
your rudder controls and if you can see out the window there you can see just
how steep of an angle that is and it is all being maintained and controlled using the
rudder inputs at this point a hands-free over 30 degree bank All right as we’re getting set up for landing here we’re gonna start using some flaps so our flap
indicator our flaps which is here and our indicator is here one of the nice
things is you can count to usually about two or three depending on how quickly
you count and that’s about 10 degrees of flaps so that you don’t have to look
directly at it continuously while you’re getting your flap settings set up Approach speed is about 80
slowing down (background music)

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