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Cessna 172M Test

It is a requirement to pass this test with a minimum of 70% prior to solo rental of a Cessna 172


1.     What engine type is installed? 

2.     What is engine horsepower? 

3.     What is the MAX Gross Weight for the Normal Category and Utility Category? 

    __________ Normal Category     _________ Utility Category

4.     What is the Empty Weight of the Aircraft? 

5.     Solve the follwoing Weight and Balance loading problem: 


Weight (Lbs.)

Mom (LB.-Ins/1000)

Basic Empty Weight






Fuel (24.5 gals.)



Pilot (180 lbs)



Front Passenger (192 lbs)



Rear Passenger (162 lbs)



Rear Passenger (163 lbs)



Baggage (None)






6.     What is the useful load of this aircraft? 

7.     What is the maximum baggage capacity? 

8.     What is the maximum allowable RPM (Red Line)? 

9.     What is the oil type and grade used in this engine? 

10. What is the normal operating oil pressure? 

11. What is the Maximum and Minimum oil capacity? 

MAX _________    MIN ________ 

12. What is the total fuel capacity of this particular airplane? 

13. What is the unusable fuel in each tank? 

14. What is the total usable fuel? 

15. What is the Minimum Static RPM for takeoff? 

16. Give Carburator heat and Magneto check RPMs. 

Carburator heat _________     Magneto _________ 

17. What is the maximum allowable RPM drop on each magneto? 

18. What is the maximum differential between both magnetos? 

19. Where is the Datum located in this aircraft? 

20. Where should be positioned the fuel selector valve handle for takeoff? 

21. Where should be positioned the fuel selector valve handle for climb? 

22. Where should be positioned the fuel selector valve handle for landing? 

23. Where are the fuel drains located? 

24. When are they drained? 

25. What is the maximum direct crosswind for takeoff and landing? 

26. Give the range of the flaps in degrees. 

27. What flap settings are not recommended at any time for takeoff? 

28. What is the electrical system voltage of this aircraft? 

29. Give the following airspeeds: 

Nose wheel lift off:


Climb :


Max. Flaps Down:


Max Maneuvering:


Never Exceed:


Max. glide (Flaps Up):


Landing (Flaps Up):


Landing (Flaps Down):


30. Give cruising RPM at 65% HP at an altitude of 2,500ft. ______________ 

Fuel burnup: ________ gals/hr 

Endurance : ________ Hours 

31. Give tire pressures 

Nose :




32. Above what altitude can the mixture be leaned? 

33. What is the take-off distance from a hard surface with the 
following conditions? 

Field Elevation : 2,000ft 
Temperature : 95ºF 
Headwind : 0 Knots 
Gross Weight : 2300 lbs 

Find ground run: __________________ 

Findtotal to clear 50 ft obstacle: _______________ 



34. What is the rate of climb with the following conditions? 

Temperature : 85ºF 
Field Elevation : 3,000 ft 
Gross Weight : 2300 lbs 

Rate of climb is: ____________________ 

35. When the carburator heat should be in the hot position?