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Learn to Fly a Cessna 172 in Chandler, AZ 2021-07-28T20:41:30+00:00

Learn to Fly a Cessna 172 in Chandler, AZ

The Cessna 172 is one of the most popular flight training aircraft. Its agility and easy-to-land features make it perfect for training.  To fly a Cessna 172, you need to be familiar with its control panels.  The yoke or the steering wheel is relatively low, which improves visibility. Many students at Sierra Charlie Aviation in Chandler and Scottsdale, AZ, learn to fly on the Cessna 172. It is essential to learn to focus on the aircraft’s sensitivity and maintain a safe angle during takeoff.  An unsafe takeoff angle could cause the aircraft to spin or stall, which could be dangerous.

Tips for Flying a Cessna 172

Start the Engine

Learn to Fly a Cessna 172 in Chandler, AZInsert the key in the ignition to switch on the battery. Ensure the system has enough fuel and the carby is primed. To get the carby primed, open a 1/8th inch of the throttle to boost pumps for a few seconds.

Turn the navigation lights on to alert people you are ready to start the craft.  Now, start the engine. The engine should crank over and then start. If it is too cold to start, use some choke to start the engine.  Ensure the check is about 7-800 rpm.

Allow the engine to warm up as you get the other system up and running. The aircraft’s fuel flow meter should show the fuel rate at idle and low. Wait for the EGT gauge to register. Now turn the remaining light switches on except the strobes. The strobes are powerful and should be kept off until you are ready for takeoff.

Check the flight instrument and unlock the artificial horizon in the yellow area. Now, set the Altimeter to the correct air pressure.

Ensure your compass aligns with the magnetic compass and no metallic objects are near the compass as they may change the reading. Your compass and the magnetic compass should point in the same direction before moving or lining up for takeoff.

Turn On the Radio

Turn on the radio and select the frequency of your airport. The Cessna 172 radio stack is divided into two radio channels: com1 and com2, for speaking to the tower and ATC.

Check the Per Taxi

You need to check on several items before you fly. Quickly check the fuel level and pressure gauge, vacuum, amps, and temperature. The fuel check is essential. Check the gauge and ensure it is the same as the physical check fuel on the wings.

Ensure the engine’s temperature is sufficient for your flight, and the oil pressure indicator is green. Vacuum is crucial because it drives some instruments. Check if it is enough to operate the instruments correctly.

Check if the amps indicator lights green. This means the battery is charging, and the generator is in perfect working condition. The fuel flow should be connected to the throttle position. If you apply more throttle, it will require more fuel.

Finally, check the engine exhaust temperature. It usually registers along with the fuel flow. If it is not showing, you need to adjust the mixture so that the engine performs at the optimum level.

Executing Takeoff

Push the fuel mixture inward and increase the throttle to full throttle. Once the seed reaches 55 knots, pull the yoke gently to lift the craft off the runway.

Maintain the speed throughout the climb until you reach a speed of between 70 and 80 knots.  Continue holding the yoke to maintain the speed. Make your exit run when you reach 150m. Coordinate the ailerons and rudder by keeping the bank ball and the turn at the center.

At Sierra Charlie Aviation, we specialize in training students to fly Cessna aircraft. We usually encourage students to visit our schools in Scottsdale or Chandler, Arizona, to view the new Cessna aircraft on our fleet. Our instructor may even arrange a discovery flight to give you a feel of flying a Cessna 172.

Please contact Sierra Charlie Aviation today to learn how to fly a Cessna 172 in Chandler, AZ.