Cessna Pilots Assocation

Course: Legacy 172 S&P

Learn more about your Cessna than 99% of owners will ever know.

Legacy 172 Systems & Procedures Course

Our Legacy 172 Systems & Procedures course covers the 1968-1986 172 models. It is intended for the following models: 172I, 172K, 172L, 172M, 172N, and 172P. If you have a later model 172, you will want to wait for a course covering those models.

The two-day course covers the details of every system in the 172: Flight Controls, Landing Gear, Electrical, Hydraulic, Fuel, Pressurization, Propeller, Powerplant and Engine Management. After walking through the history and general introduction to the 172, you’ll jump right into the technical analysis of the aircraft. Paul will take you through the Airframe, Flight Controls, and Landing Gear. In the afternoon you’ll move to the sections on the Fuel System and Powerplant. Day 1 will wrap up with a trip to the airport for a Hands-on Aircraft Inspection. On the second day, the course will continue with discussions on the Electrical System, Propeller, Powerplant Management, and more.

Expected Schedule of Topics:

Day 1 – Airframe, Flight Controls, Rigging, Landing Gear, Fuel System, Powerplant, Hands-on Inspection

Day 2 – Electrical, Propeller, Powerplant Management, Tactical Data Analysis, Utility Systems

A Bit of 172 History

As general aviation moved into the mid-1950s, tricycle landing gear became the rage. First popularized on single-engine retractable gear aircraft such as the Bonanza, Navion, and Mooney, its advantages in most situations of better visibility, improved ground handling, and ease of aircraft entry were desirable to many pilots. So for the 1956 model year, Cessna decided to introduce tricycle gear versions of the Cessna 170 and 180, to be called the Cessna 172. The prototype would take flight for the first time on June 12, 1955, piloted by E. B. “Fritz” Feutz.

1961 brought the introduction of the name that would become synonymous with the Cessna 172, “SKYHAWK”. The name SKYHAWK was applied to a deluxe version of the 172B. The 172B SKYHAWK came with all-over paint instead of polished aluminum with painted trim stripes, gyroscopic instruments, engine driven vacuum pump on the O-300D engine (the basic 172 came with the O-300C engine), wheel and strut fairings, and a push-button starter. All 1961 172B series aircraft had a redesigned heating system with dual heat muffs.

In the first section of the course, you’ll look at all the upgrades and modifications by model year. You’ll have a better understanding of why CPA began offering these very comprehensive Systems & Procedures Courses.

You’ll leave this course knowing more about your 172 than you ever thought possible.

Course Syllabus


  • • 8:00-8:30 a.m. — Welcome and Introductions
  • • 8:30-9:45 a.m. — Airframe
  • • 9:45-10:00 a.m. — Break
  • • 10:00-12:00 p.m. — Powerplant
  • • 12:00-1:15 p.m. — Lunch
  • • 1:15-3:15 p.m. — Powerplant and Propeller
  • • 3:15-3:30 p.m. — Break
  • • 3:30-4:30 p.m. — Flight Controls and Rigging
  • • 4:30-5:45 p.m. — Hands-on Aircraft Inspection


  • • 8:00-9:30 a.m. — Powerplant Management
  • • 9:30-10:45 a.m. — Fuel Systems
  • • 10:45-11:00 a.m. — Break
  • • 11:00-12:00 p.m. — Electrical
  • • 12:00-1:15 p.m. — Lunch
  • • 1:15-2:15 p.m. — Landing Gear
  • • 2:15-3:15 p.m. — Utility Systems
  • • 3:15-3:30 p.m. — Break
  • • 3:30-4:30 p.m. — Open Forum

Legacy 172 Systems & Procedures Courses

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