172 Buyer’s Guide (Digital)


This is a digital version of the book, delivered in a pdf file. Digital purchases are non-refundable.



Over the years, staff at the Cessna Pilots Association have given a number of talks, seminars and classes on Cessna aircraft around the country including EAA‘s AirVenture at Oshkosh. At the end of these sessions there are always a few people who expressed a thought along the lines of: Boy, I wish I had talked to you before I bought my airplane. This buyer’s guide is the best way we have found to talk to everyone before they buy their airplane.

This book is gathers together all of the really important information on buying a Cessna 172 Skyhawk. Some of the details highlighted in this guide are: performance numbers, changes between years, safety aspects, insurance, pricing, answers to frequently asked questions, modifications, airworthiness directives and much more. The Pre-Purchase Inspection Guidelines will be particularly useful to buyers, as it will guide them to finding the right 172 at the right price.

The Cessna 172 Skyhawk epitomizes the values of simplicity and ruggedness, as evidenced by the surprisingly high percentage of 172’s that remain in service after 60 years since the first production. The engineering team at Cessna that designed this aircraft certainly got it right from the very start.

Note on models covered: This edition of the guide does not include the newer production Lycoming powered 172’s that began in 1998.