1965 Cessna 172F Skyhawk 

Stock # AH107   Serial No. 17252459
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1965 Cessna 172F Skyhawk  - Serial No. : 17252459 The Aircraft Pages

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1965 Cessna 172 Skyhawk

1965 CESSNA 172F SKYHAWK; Excellent 172F, IFR capable, hangared W45, 65 SMOH by Hagerstown Aircraft Services, 4548 total time, King Radios KX155 with glide slope and KX125, both dual nav/com, Distance Measuring Equipment (distance/minutes to station/ ground speed to station), Narco AT150 transponder, Century 1/Auto Pilot, 12 gallons each wing tip fuel reserve tanks (24 total + 39 in mains), 7 hour flight endurance, VG Paint (Imron) & Interior (reupholstered), 4pl intercom, two push to talk switches, backup hand mike, Garmin 196 GPS. More Info: flap gap seals, recent overhaul by Hagerstown Aircraft Services of O300C 6-cylinder Continental engine (smooth, easy cold day starts), alternator electric power, spin on oil filter conversion, mogas STC, overhauled Directional Gyro, gyroscopic Attitude Indicator + Backup all-electric Attitude Indicator.  40 degree electric flaps, excellent steep and slow approach and short field aircraft.  Excellent and smooth power with Hagerstown engine rebuild.  No known items needing replacement or repair.  Used by current owner to obtain IFR ticket for training and checkride 2009, used by prior owner for IFR as well.  Located at Virginia W45 airport Luray caverns, further information on repairs and maintenance available on request, outstanding condition, third owner, same highly regarded mechanic for 20+ years (also used by prior owner).  Annual good through February 2012.  Selling because wife won’t fly.  Very clean and sharp plane.

Additional Information From Prior Owner

The following is the advertisement information from the second owner written in 1994 when the aircraft was sold to current owner.  It is informative:
(notes are by current owner)

“I've owned a 1965 172 for 16 years. It's got the 145hp 6 cylinder Continental, a useful load of 920lbs (gross is 2300lbs), and just over 4000 hours. It's flown about 100 hours a year.

Handling and Performance.  There's not much I can say about handling other than the Skyhawk is the benchmark for describing a docile, easy to fly, no rude surprises airplane.   It won't eat your lunch at the gas pumps, the maintenance hanger, or on short final, but if you're looking for speed or style, look somewhere else.  The airplane does 100 knots. Into to the wind it's 100 miles per hour, with the wind its 100 knots. Any three digit number on the DME is a welcome sight. Climbs are as spectacular as cruise.  At gross I plan 300 feet/minute through 7000, less after that.  [figures are improved since rebuild, hit 500 fpm at least, usually better, even with full fuel with one passenger].  The Skyhawk is no rocket but drop 40 degrees of flap and it becomes a rock.  A steep decent over an object into a short field is a snap in a Skyhawk.  Gas consumption depends on a bunch of things, but it's hard to burn more than 8.25gph.  At altitude and 65% it's down to around 7gph.  I burn 80 octane when I can find it, 100 otherwise.  It's STC'd for car gas, but I've never used it. The 100 octane does a number on the plugs, even running it real lean, but there's not much that can be done about that.  [the HGR rebuild eliminated 100 octane lead fouling of plugs.  Alcor’s TSP fuel additive worked well prior to the rebuild.]

“Loading and Comfort.  There's plenty of room in a 172. Side to side can be close with
two big guys but leg room and head room are great.  Visibility, except up, is real good, great for seeing the ground, and, of course, you've got to look around the wing root when turning. Like all single engine Cessnas there's a big door on both sides of the cockpit and a wing over your head
to keep you dry while getting in and out.  Skyhawks are honest four place airplanes.  Usually it's just the wife and me, but I can put four FAA sized adults in the thing, fill up the mains, and still be 24 pounds under gross.

STCs and Modifications.  I've put a bunch of STC's on this airplane. Besides the Peterson
car gas STC, it has Flight Bonus flap gap seals, an Airborne prop [note: overhauled in 2005],
belt-driven vacuum pump, Flint tip tanks, Appalachian stainless steel brakes, and the usual collection of other trinkets (heated pitot, carb temp probe, digital clock, intercom, etc.).

“In 1965 there was a difference between a 172 and a Skyhawk.  The 172 was a barebones airplane.  The engine case didn't even have a spot for a vacuum pump.  The only way to get a pump on the plane was to put one in the right air intake and drive it off a belt from a pulley behind the prop.  It works fine, I'm getting better than 800 hours on dry pumps and I think it's because they stick out in the breeze directly behind the prop and stay cool.

“The Flint tip tanks are wonderful.  It's the best STC I've put on the airplane. They add 24 gallons (23 usable).  On some planes Flint elongates the wing tips but on 172s the fiberglass tanks fit inside the wing.  [note: the wing tip installation was not, in fact, per manufacturer spec.  Iin 2006 these tanks were removed, overhauled and properly re-installed into the wing ribs, making the wings stronger].   Each tank has an electric pump to get gas into the mains.  I've had them in for 12 years, the pumps always work, the tanks don't leak, and they're idiot proof. Leaving the pumps on with dry tanks does no harm and pumping gas into a full tank just jettisons gas out the overflow.  What the plane doesn't have in speed is made up in endurance.  Six hours IFR with enough fuel left for a real alternate and an hour's reserve is a common trip.  The Flight Bonus flap gap seal was not my best purchase.  Essentially, it's a piece of aluminum that covers the big flap wells under each wing.  If they improve performance I sure haven't noticed, but they do improve appearance.  Other stuff I've hung on the plane includes a 60 amp alternator to replace the 35 amp generator (I highly recommend this), all new instruments and all solid state radios.  I've probably gained more performance by dumping the heavy old Narco MKl2's than with the flap gap seals.

“Maintenance.  Maintenance has never been a problem.  Any general aircraft mechanic gets plenty of experience with 172s. There are no maintenance surprises with Skyhawks.  Parts are usually available on any field, and if not, have always been found with a phone call or two. The 0-300C is a 1800 TBO engine, and that's been my experience. The first overhaul came before I owned it in November 1967 at 1426 hours.  The next overhaul came 1716 hours later in February 1982 at 3142 TT and cost $6,200. With luck I'll get to the year 2000 before I have to overhaul it again. [note: overhauled in 2009, 55 hours ago].   It was Painted 7 years ago for $3,200 and still looks good [note: paint was touched up during 2009 engine rebuild].   I think they used Imron and it is worth the price.  For help with finding STCs  and such things there is the Cessna Owners Organization that puts out Cessna Owner Magazine.   It's no Aviation Consumer, but it’s full of ads for just about any gizmo you’d want for a Cessna.  For insurance I use Rollins Burdick Hunter in Wichita KS. They've got good prices on insurance for 172’s and give a discount for belonging to COO.

“Costs.  A for costs  I put it at $54.94 an hour without engine reserve, or 62.44 with reserve. My latest numbers are for 8/1/91 through 7/31/92.
Hours: 127
Fixed costs:
Insurance         $935
Tie Down        $1004
Annual  Inspection      $750
Total Fixed Costs        $2689

Hourly costs   
Gas and Oil     $2051.38
Repairs            2236.60
Engine Reserve           952.50

Total Hourly Costs      $5240.48

Total Operating Costs   $7929.48 (Fixed + Hourly)
$62.44 per hour operating cost”

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About This Aircraft

172F Skyhawk
Tail No.
Ext. Color
Interior Color
Total Hours
Seating Capacity
Continental O300C
Engine Hours
Last Inspection (hours)
Engine Overhauled (hours)
Number Landings
Ramp Weight (lbs)

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(202) 360-0517
Seller: Private Party

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