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  • Cessna 177 Cardinal




    The Cessna 177 Cardinal is a light single-engine, high-wing general aviation aircraft that was intended to replace Cessna's 172 Skyhawk.

    General Information

    The Cessna 177 was designed in the mid-1960s when the engineers at Cessna were asked to create a "futuristic 1970s successor to the Cessna 172". The resulting aircraft featured newer technology such as a cantilever wing lacking the lift struts of previous models, and a new laminar flow airfoil. The 177 is the only production high-wing single-engined Cessna since the Cessna 190 & 195 series to have both fixed landing gear and a cantilever wing without strut bracing.


    The 1968 model 177 was introduced in late 1967 with a 150 hp (112 kW) engine. One of the design goals of this 172 replacement was to allow the pilot an unobstructed view when making a turn. In the 172 the pilot sits under the wing and when the wing is lowered to begin a turn that wing blocks the pilot's view of where the turn will lead to. The engineers resolved this problem by placing the pilot forward of the wing's leading edge, but that led to a too-far-forward center of gravity.


    This problem was partially counteracted by the decision to use the significantly lighter Lycoming O-320 four-cylinder engine in place of the six-cylinder O-300 Continental used on the 172. The forward CG situation still existed even with the lighter engine, so a stabilator was chosen, to provide sufficient elevator control authority at low airspeeds.


    For more information, including the retractable 177RG model, click here and here.


    Specifications below are for the 177B model with constant speed propeller.








    Crew: 1 Capacity: 3 passengers
    27 ft 8 in (8.43 m)
    35 ft 6 in (10.82 m)
    8 ft 7 in (2.62 m)
    Wing Area:
    174 sq ft (16.2 sq m)
    Wing Loading:
    14.5 lbs / sq.ft.
    Empty Weight:
    1,495 lb (678 kg)
    2,500 lb (1,134 kg)
    Fuel Capacity:
    61 US Gal.
    1 × Lycoming O-360-A1F6D air-cooled flat-4 engine, 180 hp (130 kW)
    Maximum speed: 136 kn (157 mph, 252 km/h)
    Cruise Speed:
    124 kn (143 mph, 230 km/h)
    Stall Speed:
    46 kts / 53 mph.
    604 nmi (695 mi, 1,119 km)
    Takeoff Dist.:
    To 50ft; 1,400 ft
    Landing Dist.:
    From 50ft; 1,220 ft
    Rate of Climb:
    840 ft/min (4.3 m/s)
    Service Ceiling:
    14,600 ft (4,500 m)

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