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Cessna Skyhawk 172 M Performance Derivations

# Cessna Skyhawk 172 M Performance Derivations

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Interpolated and calculated performance values for a 1974-75 Cessna Skyhawk 172 M, for use with flight planning software that uses table-based performance data.
Interpolated and calculated performance values for a 1974-75 Cessna Skyhawk 172 M, for use with flight planning software that uses table-based performance data.

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N854AC - Performance Functions
Section 1. Climb
Chart 1. Rate of Climb
Rate of climb is represented as a matrix with
x
values being altitude MSL, in increments of 5,000 ft., with index 1 being 0 ft.; andvalues being gross weight, in increments of 300 lbs., with index 1 being 1,700 lbs. Values are at ISA.
In[1]:=
rateOfClimb
1085 825 570 315840 610 380 155645 435 230 20
feet
minute
Out[1]=

1085, 825, 570, 315
,
840, 610, 380, 155
,
645, 435, 230, 20

We define functions that convert a given altitude or gross weight into index values of the matrix.
In[2]:=
RateOfClimbMatrixAltitudeToIndex
alt
feet

alt
5000
1
Out[2]=
1
alt5000
In[3]:=
RateOfClimbMatrixWeightToIndex
wt
pounds

wt
300
14
3
Out[3]=
143
wt300
We define a function that yields a rate of climb for a given altitude and weight.
In[4]:=
RateOfClimbInterpolator
ListInterpolation
rateOfClimb
ListInterpolation::inhr
:
Requested order is too high; order has been reduced to
2, 3
.
Out[4]=
InterpolatingFunction

1, 3
,
1, 4

,

In[5]:=
RateOfClimb
alt
feet
, wt
pounds

RateOfClimbInterpolator
RateOfClimbMatrixWeightToIndex
wt
,RateOfClimbMatrixAltitudeToIndex
alt

feet
minute
Out[5]=
InterpolatingFunction

1, 3
,
1, 4

,


143
wt300, 1
alt5000
Chart 2. Climb Speed
Climb speed is represented as a matrix with
x
values being altitude MSL, in increments of 5,000 ft., with index 1 being 0 ft.; and
y
values being gross weight, in increments of 300 lbs., with index 1 being 1,700 lbs. Matrix values are at ISA.
In[6]:=
climbSpeed
83 77 70 6488 81 75 6891 85 80 73
miles
hour
Out[6]=

83, 77, 70, 64
,
88, 81, 75, 68
,
91, 85, 80, 73


We define functions that convert a given altitude or gross weight into index values of the matrix.
In[7]:=
ClimbSpeedMatrixAltitudeToIndex
alt
feet

alt
5000
1
Out[7]=
1
alt5000
In[8]:=
ClimbSpeedMatrixWeightToIndex
wt
pounds

wt
300
14
3
Out[8]=
143
wt300
We define a function that yields a rate of climb for a given altitude and weight.
In[9]:=
ClimbSpeedInterpolator
ListInterpolation
climbSpeed
ListInterpolation::inhr
:
Requested order is too high; order has been reduced to
2, 3
.
Out[9]=
InterpolatingFunction

1, 3
,
1, 4

,

In[10]:=
ClimbSpeed
alt
feet
, wt
pounds

ClimbSpeedInterpolator
ClimbSpeedMatrixWeightToIndex
wt
, ClimbSpeedMatrixAltitudeToIndex
alt

miles
hour
Out[10]=
InterpolatingFunction

1, 3
,
1, 4

,


143
wt300, 1
alt5000
art 3. m ue urn
Climb fuel burn is derived from fuel used to attain altitude. This data is represented as a matrix with
x
values being altitude MSL,in increments of 5,000 ft., with index 1 being 0 ft.; and
y
values being gross weight, in increments of 300 lbs., with index 1 being1,700 lbs. Matrix values are the amount of fuel required to attain that altitude, at ISA, including 1 US gallon of taxi/runup fueluse.
In[11]:=
climbFuelBurn
1 1.9 2.9 4.41 2.2 3.6 6.31 2.6 4.8 11.5
US gallons
hour
Out[11]=

1, 1.9, 2.9, 4.4
,
1, 2.2, 3.6, 6.3
,
1, 2.6, 4.8, 11.5

We define functions that convert a given altitude or gross weight into index values of the matrix.
In[12]:=
ClimbFuelBurnMatrixAltitudeToIndex
alt
feet

alt
5000
1
Out[12]=
1
alt5000
In[13]:=
ClimbFuelBurnMatrixWeightToIndex
wt
pounds

wt
300
14
3
Out[13]=
143
wt300
We define a function that yields a fuel burn between two altitudes.
In[14]:=
ClimbFuelBurnInterpolator
ListInterpolation
climbFuelBurn
ListInterpolation::inhr
:
Requested order is too high; order has been reduced to
2, 3
.
Out[14]=
InterpolatingFunction

1., 3.
,
1., 4.

,

2

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In[15]:=
ClimbFuelBurn
alt0
feet
, altf
feet
, wt
pounds

ClimbFuelBurnInterpolator
ClimbFuelBurnMatrixWeightToIndex
wt
,ClimbFuelBurnMatrixAltitudeToIndex
altf

ClimbFuelBurnInterpolator
ClimbFuelBurnMatrixWeightToIndex
wt
,ClimbFuelBurnMatrixAltitudeToIndex
alt0

US gallons
hour
Out[15]=
InterpolatingFunction

1., 3.
,
1., 4.

,


143
wt300, 1
alt05000
InterpolatingFunction

1., 3.
,
1., 4.

,


143
wt300, 1
altf5000
We define a function that uses rate-of-climb data to determine how long it takes to climb from one altitude to another.
In[16]:=
TimeBetweenAltitudes
alt0
feet
, altf
feet
, wt
pounds


alt0altf
1RateOfClimb
x, wt

x
minutes
Out[16]=

alt0altf
1InterpolatingFunction

1, 3
,
1, 4

,


143
wt300
, 1
x5000
x
Finally, we define a function that determines the fuel burn at a given altitude and gross weight. The burn is rate is determinedover a climb of ±500 feet from that altitude.
In[17]:=
ClimbFuelBurnRate
alt
feet
, wt
pounds

ClimbFuelBurn
alt
500, alt
500, wt
TimeBetweenAltitudes
alt
500, alt
500, wt
60
US gallons
hour
Out[17]=
60
InterpolatingFunction

1., 3.
,
1., 4.

,


143
wt300, 1
500
alt5000
InterpolatingFunction

1., 3.
,
1., 4.

,


143
wt300, 1
500
alt5000
 
500
alt500
alt
1InterpolatingFunction

1, 3
,
1, 4

,


143
wt300
, 1
x5000
x
Section 2. Cruise
art 1. ruse pee
Cruise speed is represented as a vector with
x
values being altitude MSL, in increments of 2,500 ft., with index 1 being 2,500 ft.Matrix values are at 2,300 lbs. gross weight, 2,400 RPM, and ISA.
In[18]:=
cruiseSpeed
122, 121, 119, 117, 115
miles
hour
Out[18]=
122, 121, 119, 117, 115
We define a function that converts a given altitude into an index value of the vector.
In[19]:=
CruiseSpeedVectorAltitudeToIndex
alt
feet

alt
2500
Out[19]=
alt2500
We define a function that yields a cruise speed in knots for a given altitude.