How to fly a cessna

How to fly a cessna

The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is the top-rated single-engine flight training aircraft in the world. These four-seat, fixed-wing planes comprise the majority of Epic’s training fleet. We purchase new aircraft directly from Cessna, so our students enjoy state-of-the art avionics and equipment. More Cessna 172s have been manufactured than any airplane in history! When you train at Epic Flight Academy in a new Cessna 172, you’ll see why it’s the preferred training aircraft worldwide.


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Cessna 172 Cabin Interior

The Cessna 172 features integrated cockpit avionics, the Garmin G1000 NXi. Also, you’ll find an improved graphical interface, powerful hardware, high resolution displays, increased functionality for situational awareness, and wireless technology.


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Cessna 172 G1000 Next Generation Avionics Instrument Panel

-ADS-B Out and In
-Integrated VFR Sectional Charts
-IFR High and Low Charts with Night Mode
-Enhanced HSI features
-COM frequency decoding
-Vertical Situation Display
-Selectable Visual Approaches
-Wireless database and flight plan loading
-Enhanced graphics and faster processing
-Improved joystick with smoother panning
-Angle of Attack Indicator


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Cessna 172 Specifications

Length: 27′ 2″
Height: 8′ 11″
Wingspan: 36′ 1″
Wing area: 174 sq. ft.

Max. Ramp Weight: 2,558 lb.
Max. T/O/Landing Weight: 2,550 lb.
Usable Fuel Weight: 318 lb.
Usable Fuel Volume: 53 gallons
Basic Empty Weight: 1,680 lb.
Useful Load: 878 lb.
Full Fuel Payload: 560 lb.

Maximum Cruise Speed: 124 ktas
Maximum Range: 640 nm
Takeoff Distance: 1,630 ft.
Ground Roll: 960 ft.
Landing Distance: 1,335 ft.
Ground Roll: 575 ft.
Service Ceiling: 14,000 ft.
Maximum Climb Rate: 730 fpm
Maximum Limit Speed: 163 kias
Stall Speed: 48 kcas

Baggage Capacity:
Weight: 120 lb.
Volume: 30 cu. ft.

Manufacturer: Lycoming
Model: 10-360-L2A
Power Output: 180 hp
Propeller: McCauley, 2 blade metal, fixed-pitch

Flight Training

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Flight Training in a Cessna 172

The Cessna Skyhawk has been used to train more pilots than any other airplane in the history of aviation. Epic Flight Academy offers pilot training for students with no experience or those who are transferring flight hours. The 172 offers enhanced visibility, is easy to fly, and most importantly – is ranked best for safety. Therefore, our students are both comfortable and successful. They love flying these new aircraft on their path to becoming commercial airline pilots.

Why is the Cessna 172 so popular?

When you learn about Cessna 172 training you quickly understand the aircraft’s popularity. Due to its design, this plane is highly rated for safety and ease of flying. Therefore, student pilots prefer it. Also, these aircraft are relatively affordable. As a result, savings are passed on the flight students. From the manual to the checklist, for instance, students learn how to maximize every safety feature. Consequently, their skills and confidence improve. Most noteworthy, more pilots have earned their wings in the C172 than any other plane. In other words, the 172 was the first plane for most pilots. Certainly that’s saying something!

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About Cessna 172 Training

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Cessna 172 Checklist

What do you need to know about training in a C172? First of all, you must find out if you’re eligible. This will only take a few minutes. After that, you will obtain an FAA medical certificate and student pilot license. Next, enroll for ground school and flight training. In other words, make it official! Once you begin flight training in a Cessna 172, become familiar with the checklist, manual, and pilot’s operating handbook for that reason that knowledge enhances your practical training. Almost all pilots begin their training in a 172, and so can you!

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Take a step into the world of aviation during this introductory flight experience!

Upon arrival, you'll be assigned your own personal FAA certificated flight instructor who will provide you an explanation of aircraft controls, the flight instruments and their functions. After walking through a pre-flight safety checklist and checking-in with air traffic control, you'll be ready for take-off!

Depending on the weather and air traffic on the day of your lesson, you can choose to spend the duration of your flight in the eastern practice area or spend half of it flying over the San Diego Bay.

This lesson is not to be confused with an airplane ride where one passively watches someone else do the piloting. The whole idea of this introductory flight lesson is to get you to do as much piloting as you can handle.

The flight portion of your learning experience will last approximately 1 hour, and you'll be handling the controls except during take-off and landing. Before and during your flight your instructor will explain and demonstrate the use of the controls, and then you'll take the controls yourself.

Through this flight lesson you'll experience all the different phases of flight and feel the unparalleled exhilaration and freedom of flying!


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Cessna 150, Cessna 152, Cessna 172 and our Piper Warrior make up the core of our fleet.

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Our Trainers are highly experience flying Instructors with over 22,000 hours flying experience. We have our own examiners and train pilots to exacting standards.


Learn to fly in Manchester with LAC Flying School, the longest running and most well established flying school in the Greater Manchester area. Based at City Airport (Manchester Barton) conveniently located just off the M60 in Eccles makes us easily accessible by road and the Greater Manchester public transport network. We are passionate about flying training and pride ourselves on achieving high standards. We aim to cater for everyones needs, whether it be a new hobby, the start of a flying career or an unforgettable one off experience.

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Do you want to fly in the most famous small plane in the world? The Cessna 172 is a four-seat aircraft, so you can bring two friends along too!


This flying lesson is flown from Lelystad. In terms of number of flight movements, Lelystad is the busiest Dutch airport after Schiphol. Lelystad Airport is nowadays a controlled field, this means that air traffic control keeps an eye on everything. Therefore, flying from Lelystad is just like flying from a major airport. All fields have a cozy restaurant on the runway. There is always plenty of activity and you can enjoy all kinds of aircraft constantly flying off and on. This will make you look forward to your own flying lesson even more.

Flying lesson with friends

This Cessna 172 is used all over the world. It has been in production since the 1950s. And with 43,000 units, this is the best-selling plane ever. Almost every pilot has flown in it at one time or another. It is also the most widely used training plane.

The plane is so popular because it is pleasant and fine flying. This is because of the space inside, for example. Even if you are a bit taller or heavier, you can sit comfortably in it. The wings of the Cessna are on top. This gives you a great view and you can take the best pictures during the flight. Besides you and the instructor, two passengers can come along. This makes the package, per person, one of the most advantageous. Who are you going to impress with your flying skills?

The Cessna is very suitable to look around from. For example, you can fly over the Dolfinarium. Or have you always wanted to see your own street from the air? At the bottom of this page you will find a map of the Netherlands, where you can see how far you can fly.

The time has come!

From the flight school you have a great view of the runway. Enjoy the hustle and bustle of the airport. This will get you in the mood!


You start with an explanation of the basics of flying. The instructor will answer important questions in this ‘briefing’. How does an airplane stay in the air? How do the pedals work? What are all the buttons and gauges for? Of course you can also ask all your questions. Are you coming to the flight school together with your partner, friend and/or family member? Then he/she is also allowed to be present. Then you all know what you will experience in the air. You do not have to pay extra for this. Of course, this also applies to the passengers.

The theory part always takes about 20 minutes, regardless of the time you choose for the practical part.


After the theory part you go with the instructor to the plane. First you check together whether the aircraft is ready for departure. Then you drive to the runway, this is called taxiing. Through the headphones you can hear the instructor and the control tower. The instructor asks permission from the control tower to take off. And then the time has come! In the air you can fly the plane yourself. You get to fly everything yourself except the last part of the landing. Of course the instructor helps you with everything. He will take over if you want to look outside. Or if you want to make photos or a video.

How long the practical part takes you choose. The minimum is 20 minutes, but the longer, the more fun of course!

Passenger change

The Cessna can accommodate 1 student and 2 passengers. During the flight you can not swap seats. If several people want to fly we will make a stopover. In that case book 2 separate flight lessons: choose 2 gift certificates when paying. We can then schedule them one after the other.

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Dedicated Training Airplanes at Competitive Rates. We are a training facility and not just another flying club! We make sure that your training airplane is available for you when you need it. Once you have achieved your goal we make the airplane available for your personal flights.

Professional and Experienced Flight Instructors. We handpick our instructors for their teaching ability and experience. Our instructors are NOT independent contractors! We monitor the quality of their training so you get the most out of your time and money.

Train based on YOUR schedule and availability. You will be assigned a Primary Instructor, but every one of our instructors follows the Cessna Pilot syllabus. This means that if your primary instructor is not available, you can fly with ANY of our instructors when YOU are available. This will help to keep you on track to finish your license in a reasonable time frame!

Online Syllabus Tracker: We are one of the only flight schools to offer Online Tracking for your Training. No more paper and pencil and binders that don’t get filled out properly! You and your instructors will know EXACTLY where you fall in your training. Each flight AND ground lesson is graded online so you know the areas you need to focus on! No more wondering, “When am I going to finish?”

Earn your pilot’s license on a budget in five simple steps.

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Is anything more human than the pursuit of flight? Perhaps attaching a ludicrous price tag to the venture is quite human, too, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Sure, learning to pilot a plane is going to cost you, but with a bit of gumption, you can create a budget that’s more akin to what an avid golfer spends on tee time than some absolutely out-of-reach pastime for the ultra rich.

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I earned my pilot’s certificate as a teenager more than two decades ago, ultimately leading to a career in aviation. Here are five tips you can employ to help keep your flight-learning costs from soaring higher than a Cessna.


It’s a common mantra in aviation that the only way to learn to fly is to go to flight school. While a large flight school may offer a standardized curriculum and potentially lower rates, there are disadvantages, too.

With massive defunding of the military in the last decade, airlines are looking elsewhere for pilots to fill their increasing cockpit vacancies. This has put flight schools into the big business of manufacturing career airline pilots. Recent federal regulations also require new airline pilots to have substantially more flying experience. This trend isn’t great for anybody who just wants to learn to fly recreationally, though, and doesn’t need to rack up all the hours that potential airline pilots need.

A freelance flight instructor can help you come up with an individualized training plan at a lower price. A dedicated flight instructor will not be held to a strict training outline and will be flexible to your learning abilities and budget. And an independent instructor will typically teach you in any aircraft you choose.

It may require some legwork to locate a qualified trainer near you. Checking your local airport office for classifieds is a great way to connect with an independent instructor. Many airports also offer a community open-house or pancake breakfast to encourage interest in flying. Also, aviation is a pretty tight community. If you happen to know a pilot, chances are they can recommend someone great.

A lot of flight training happens on the ground. In fact, at the conclusion of your training, you’ll be tested in three phases, and only one of those will demonstrate your flying capabilities. The other two consist of a multiple-choice written test and an oral exam conducted by either a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) official or a designated pilot examiner.

While we’ve absorbed the rules of the road since we were kids, riding around and watching our parents drive, flying concepts are much more foreign to any new student. To learn how to fly an aircraft requires an extraordinary amount of book knowledge.

The most popular (and expensive) way is to pay a personal flight instructor. But unless your note-taking is superb, much of the teaching is impossible to use for review and study later. Plus, you’re paying a professional pilot for hourly lessons.

You can also try a weekend ground school. This is typically a lecture class taught by an instructor over several days. The ground school is a more expensive option but only focuses on the written exam. It can also be less personal and may not cover personal gaps in knowledge.

A third option is a self-study course that involves some textbooks and informal training material, or an online ground school that can be reviewed multiple times. Many aviation education companies offer an all-in-one solution for online knowledge training and some even guarantee you’ll pass all three portions of your flight test or you get a full refund.

The Sport Pilot certificate was created in 2004 to offer an affordable entry into aviation. Compared to the typical Private Pilot certificate, applicants receive the same privileges, but are restricted to a lighter two-seat aircraft. The flight hour requirement is also cut to only 20 hours, and a Sport Pilot can still make flights across the county but only during the day.

Though these airplanes are generally smaller than the traditional training aircraft of the past half century, they travel at comparable speeds, carry similar amounts of cargo, and generally burn much less fuel. The efficient fuel burn and typically lower operating cost also translate to cheaper rentals. And since the Sport Pilot category is barely a decade old, you won’t be training in an old Cessna held together by duct tape and good intentions.

Although you may be tempted to pack your flight training into the weekends, the weeklong sabbaticals in between can wreak havoc on your learning retention. Over the many hours needed to earn a pilot certificate, added time for review adds up to a costly redundancy that could be avoided by a persistent training schedule.

A dedicated two, three, or even four weeks of open schedule will create an enormous cost savings. This may be the most difficult but potentially best money-saving tip out there. Even taking unpaid vacation time from your career has the opportunity to save you more on your training than what you would lose in wages.

Okay, hear me out. Let’s say you’ve got enough cash to consider buying a plane for training purposes. There’s a good chance you could save cash this way.

With new aircraft prices soaring, the used market is strong and you can find great deals. With resale values holding steady, you can accurately calculate the expected depreciation of a plane and sell it for nearly what you paid for it once you finish flight training (you should check out this advice from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association before buying a used aircraft).

You can also buy your own fuel instead of paying the bundled hourly rate. Other costs—like hangar or storage fees and insurance—are predictable, and a total of all expenses needed to complete your training should allow for a very accurate budget. Compare this price to the hourly rate at your local airplane rental, and there’s a good chance you’ll see several thousand dollars in savings.

Of course, there are risks. Maintenance could throw off your budget, and unforeseen aircraft market changes could affect your resale. You also may not have tens of thousands of dollars stashed away. Not too many mega banks offers aircraft financing, either.

If buying your own aircraft isn’t possible, maybe it’s time to find some friends to share those costs. Flying clubs are a popular option for making aircraft ownership possible with an upfront fee that buys you a portion of one or multiple aircraft. Monthly dues go toward maintenance, insurance, and hangar fees. These clubs can be as informal as a small group of pilots who each split duties for keeping the club running or an organization with a small fleet of airplanes and many members. If you chose this route, just be sure to verify the penalties in the event you decide to sell your share and leave the club.

Really, the one thing an aspiring pilot needs above all else is dedication, both when researching cost options or studying for a pilot’s license. If you have that, learning to fly is remarkably within reach.

We very feel strongly that you should know all of the costs involved with learning to fly in the UK, up front with no surprises. There are costs involved in gaining any licence and whilst the cost of the aircraft is a major part, there are other unavoidable costs in gaining a LAPL or PPL in the UK. These soon soon add up, sadly you will find that many schools only publish the aircraft prices which make their costs look cheaper!

You will find our prices for your lessons and other associated costs below. As you can see there are a number of variables, we have included all the costs you will incur during your course. You have lots of choice about how you manage these costs but we know from personal experience that you should keep control of your money. This why we do not ask for lesson money up front and you pay as you go/fly/need. You will not need all of the items detailed below from day one and we will let you know when you need them.

That being said, if you have the money and want to pre-pay for your lessons, you can do this too!

We want you to have a great experience learning to fly – the following is our policy!

We do our very best to keep you flying the same aircraft and with the same instructor for the duration of your training as you will progress much faster if you build a working relationship with your instructor and become familiar with your training aircraft.

We have some of the best instructors in the UK and we feel it’s only right that they’re paid the right amount for teaching you how to fly. Instructors are paid £40 per hour (flying time) which you pay directly to them, to avoid you both having to pay VAT.

Your Instructor only gets paid for airborne time, so its only fair that you let them or the office know at least 24 hrs in advance if you are unable to attend your lesson please.

Flying lesson costs

Let’s look at the licences. jargon alert*

Private Pilots Licence (PPL) – Minimum of 45 hours of flying to gain a PPL(A).

The Private Pilots licence PPL (A) aircraft,. *The PPL licence allows the holder to fly a single engine piston aircraft, up to 5600Kgs in daylight under visual flight rules. 3000ft clear of cloud and in sight of the ground with 5000m of visibility. You can add additional ratings such as the Instrument Rating ( restricted) , night and multi engine rating and is valid worldwide but you will need to be checked out in the country you are flying in, there may be some restrictions. Please call us if you need more information as it varies from country to country.

Light Aircraft Pilots Licence (LAPL) Minimum of 30 hours, plus a further 10 hours solo before you can take passengers to gain a LAPL.

There is the Light Aircraft Pilots Licence LAPL, formally the National Pilots licence NPPL it has now morphed into the LAPL for the present. It allows the holder to fly a * single engine piston aircraft up to 2000 kgs in daylight under visual flight rules 3000ft clear of cloud and in sight of the ground with 5000m of visibility. You can only add a night rating and is valid throughout Europe only (at present).

Both the PPL and LAPL allow you to fly fully complex piston powered aircraft that is, a retractable undercarriage and variable pitch propeller.

Which is the best aircraft for me?

One of the limiting factors in flying is how much you weigh. If you are over 15st (96kgs) you will need to fly in one of our PA28’s as they can handle the combined weight of pilots and fuel. The Cessna has an upper weight limit of 15 St (96Kgs) and a height limit of 6ft 2 in. Both are fabulous training aircraft and you can easily convert to another aircraft type when you have completed your licence.

Aircraft Cost Per Hour
Cessna 152 £144.00
Piper Warrior PA-28-151 £167.00
Piper Cherokee PA-28-181 £174.00
Instructor Fee £40.00

How am I charged for each lesson?

Please note; you will only charged for your time in the aircraft, NOT for briefings.

In the Cessna 152 and the Warrior/Cherokee PA28 we use Tacho time – this looks like the milometer on your car and is part of the Engine RPM instrument but records time only when the engine is running. However, it runs slower when the engine is below 1800Rpm, so because of this we will add 0.2 of an hour (12mins) to the final reading to cover the fuel costs used up to the take off and landing.

In the Chipmunk we use Engine start to engine stop or real time, this system is used as there is no mechanical or electrical means of recording time.

How long will my lessons take and can I have them when I choose?

You can have your lessons any day of the week and we are open for training 360 days a year.

A normal flying lesson is made up of three parts and each standard lesson is 2 hours (navigational lessons are generally longer)

1. The Pre-flight briefing, where you will cover what you are going to do in the lesson for this time.

2. The flight itself – most lessons are an hour long (there are some, particularly the Navigation lessons which are generally longer) and this includes revision from the previous lesson as well as the content of the lesson you have just briefed. Sometimes, it even includes a look forward to your next flight.

3. Post flight debrief covering what went well and areas that will need working on next time. Your instructor will also give you some advice on what to read up on for your next flight.

Is flying for you? try before you commit!

You can find out if flying is all you thought it was by taking a trial flight, any that you choose will count towards the hours you will be required to complete for your licence. You can choose from our range of trial flights from our shop by clicking here.

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Whether you are looking to start a career, advance your skills or start a new and exciting hobby, we have a program for you!

Our staff would be happy to give you a facility tour and answer any questions you might have.

Once you are ready to register, we will set you up with your first ground briefing with an instructor and help you organize your schedule to complete all necessary elements to get your license or rating!

Private Pilot License

This is the first step of your flight training!

Through your Private Pilot License (PPL) training you will learn about meteorology, navigation, theory of flight, Canadian Aviation Regulations, and flight operations. You must be 17 or older to begin.

Commercial Pilot License

Looking to start a new career?

This is the minimum license required to be employed as a pilot. You must be 18 years or older to complete this license and have already completed your Private Pilot License.

Additional Ratings

Advance your skills and capabilities with one of our additional ratings.

We offer Multi-Engine, IFR, Night Rating, Instructor Ratings, Mountain Check-outs and Floatplane Rating.

Flight Training Is By Appointment only. please call us at 403-288-8831

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The Calgary Flying Club is located at the Springbank Airport (CYBW), only a five-minute drive west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Club is nestled in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies and only a short drive from Banff National Park, providing a truly unique experience for our members. Members are permitted full access to the Club’s facilities, training resources, rental aircraft, receive a discount on aviation fuel purchased at our fully automated filling station and are invited to numerous member events throughout the year. Since 1927, the Calgary Flying Club is proud to be a gathering place for all aviation enthusiasts.

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Almost all pilots in Canada earn a traditional private pilot licence. It is what most people think of when we say that someone has their “private.” It has the fewest limitations and, with additional training, can be upgraded to include more advanced capabilities such as flying in bad weather, flying an airplane with two or more engines, or flying professionally.

Flight Training

A minimum of 45 hours must be obtained. Of these hours, a minimum of 17 hours must be Dual, which must include 3 hours of cross country time and 5 hours of Instrument time. A minimum of 12 hours must be Solo, which must include 5 hours of cross country time. During this time you will gain extensive experience in all aspects of aircraft handling, emergency procedures, radio procedures, navigation and basic instrument handling. In order to obtain this licence you must possess a valid Category III medical obtained from a Transport Canada authorized Medical Examiner. The minimum age to acquire this licence is 17 years of age.

Ground School Schedule & Examinations

A minimum of 45 hours of ground school must be completed. Every month there is a new session starting, which runs for 16 weeks. However, if you attend ground school 3 to 4 times per week, you can complete the required hours in as little as 5 weeks. During this time you will gain valuable knowledge in Air Law, Navigation, Meteorology, and Aeronautics – General Knowledge. Please feel free to refer to our current Private Ground School schedules on our event page. These classes will help prepare you for the mandatory Transport Canada Written Examination, which can now be taken at the Brampton Flight Centre. A minimum of 60% must be obtained in each of the 4 sections. A flight test must be completed by a Flight Test Examiner. You must also pass an oral English Proficiency Exam.

1) Ground School 45 Hours $ 399.00
2) Dual (learn to fly) 25 Hours Min. $ 6350.00
Ground Briefing 10 Hours Briefing $ 750.00
3) Solo (Fly on your Own!) 20 Hours $ 3,580.00
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