The Cessna 172R is a very popular aircraft for both training and personal use. For thisreason, the C172R was the aircraft chosen by the Pennsylvania State
Fundamentals of Flight Testing course to use as a test platform. Tests conductedexamined dynamic and static stability, takeoff, rate of climb, cruise power required, pitotstatic calibration and stall characteristics of the C172R. The experimental data gatheredwas compared to analytical computer models produced by the students in the course.These results were also compared to published results from prior years.
This section describes the purpose of the flight tests conducted, a description of the testairplane and description of all tests conducted.
The purpose of the combined analysis-flight test program is to
Analytically predict the performance of a C172R and compare it to experimentaldata gathered in flight for takeoff, stall series, and static and dynamic stability
Collect and reduce flight test data for the C172R for pitot-static calibration, cruise
power, and climb performance, and compare to manufacturer’s d
Description of Test Airplane
The Cessna C172R is an all metal, semimonocouque, high wing single engine airplanedesigned for utility and training purposes. The test airplane, tail number N2254U, wasmanufactured in 1996. It is powered by a Lycoming IO-360-L2A engine rated at 160BHP with a two blade fixed pitch-propeller. Maximum takeoff weight for the C172R is2450 lbs with a useful load of 818 lbs. The cockpit seats a maximum of four and providesdual controls in the front seats. Flight controls include conventional ailerons, rudder andelevator, all operated through cables and mechanical linkages. The ailerons and elevator are controlled by a yoke and the rudder by rudder pedals. Also included in the flightcontrol system is an electrically
controlled flap system and mechanical elevator trim Theflaps maybe selected in increments up to Taxiing is accomplished using a
combination of rudder inputs and differential braking to maneuver the steerable nosewheel.