The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is a four-seat, single-engine, high-wing fixed-wing aircraft. First flown in 1955 and still in production, more Cessna 172s have been built than any other aircraft.

The 172P, or Skyhawk P, was introduced in 1984.

Header imageG-NWFC - North Weald Flying Group

Our Cessna 172 P long range tank version otherwise known as the Dreamliner, G-NWFC was originally purchased in Michigan from a university along with it's stable mate G NWFG. In August 2012 we commissioned Mick Alan and Sons to undertake a bare metal respray and match the paint scheme of the aircraft as close as he could to the Boeing Dreamliner paint scheme. The end result Was North Weald Flying Group's own mini Dreamliner.

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Performance & specs


Cessna C-172P

Never exceed speed: 158 knots (181 mph, 292 km/h

Cruise speed: 110 knots (126 mph, 203 km/h)

Stall speed: 46 knots (53 mph, 85 km/h)

Range: 687 nm (791 mi, 1,272 km)

Service ceiling: 4,115 ft (13,500 m)

Rate of climb: 700 ft/min (477 m/m)

Fuel consumption: 33 litres per tacho hour

Engine power: 160 hp/lb (120 W/kg)

*based on original manufacturer stats.


Crew: 1

Capacity: 3

Length: 27.2 ft (8.28 m)

Wingspan: 36.1 ft (11,00 m)

Height: 8.9 ft (2.72 m)

Wing area: 174 ft² (16.2 m²)

Empty weight: 1,601 lbs (726 kg)

Max. takeoff weight: 2,400 lbs (1,089 kg)

Powerplant: Lycoming 0320-D2J

Cost (inc fuel and VAT): £135.00 per tacho hour


Long range tanks

King KMA 20 Audio Panel

2 King KX 155A NAV/COM

King KR 87 NDB

King KT 76A Transponder

Trimble 2000T panel VFR GPS

Dual OBS with glide slope


Weight & balance calculator

Below is a weight and balance calculator for this aircraft. To use it, type in weights (in pounds) in the left-hand column of text boxes, then click "Calculate", and you should see the cross on the weight/balance graph move.

Weight & balance calculator
Aircraft empty weight: lb in inch-pounds
Pilot and passenger: lb in inch-pounds
Rear seat passengers (N/A): lb in inch-pounds
Fuel: lb in inch-pounds
Baggage: lb in inch-pounds

Total weight: lb Total moment: inch-pounds


Contact us

North Weald Flying Group operate out of the Squadron at North Weald Airfield.

The airfield is 10 miles south of Stansted and can be seen from the M11. Follow signs from the A414 and on entrance to the field, follow the perimeter track all the way around the field until you arrive at the distinctive Squadron building.

email: paul@nwfg.co.uk
phone: 01992522090