## Can a Cessna 172 glide?

## Can a Cessna 172 glide?

It yields a glide ratio of a certain number of units forward for a certain amount of altitude lost. A Cessna 172 might glide at 8:1, so it could go 8000 feet forward for each 1000 feet it lost at a Vg of 65 knots indicated (KIAS).

## What is the best glide speed for a Cessna 172?

For the Cessna 172 Skyhawk maximum glide is attained at a speed of 65 KIAS. If you’re flying well above this speed, let’s say 90 KIAS, and suffer an engine failure, what would be the best practice: immediately slow down in order to achieve 65 KIAS as soon as possible, or slow down slowly?

**How long can a Cessna 172 glide for?**

Most GA airplanes, whether they’re a Cessna 172, or a Cirrus SR-22, glide about 1 1/2 miles for every 1,000′ of altitude. So for example, if you’re 4,000′ above the ground, you’ll be able to glide about 6 nautical miles before your wheels are on the ground.

**How far can a 172 glide?**

The maximum L/D ratio (L/Dmax) of a Cessna 172 is about 9, so its glide ratio is about 9:1 – for every 9 units traveled forward it will lose 1 unit of altitude. So, it will glide about 9,000 feet for every 1,000 feet of altitude available. This is a fairly typical value for small planes.

### What is best glide ratio?

It is good to know what your “best” glide ratio is, such as most single engine training airplanes are in the 9:1 glide ratio. Glider certification requires a 7:1 glide ratio, which is close to an 8 degree glideslope.

### How do I maximize glide ratio?

1 Answer

- retract the landing gear,
- avoid struts or bracing wires,
- minimize friction drag by allowing for more laminar flow and minimum surface area.
- minimize pressure drag by streamlining everything.

**How do you find your glide path?**

Divide your groundspeed in half, add a zero to the end, and you’ll have an approximate FPM of descent. This is another easy way to target an initial descent rate for a 3-degree precision approach, or a VFR descent into an airport. Both formulas leave you with the same result.

**What does a 3-degree glide slope mean?**

The rule simply states that a conventional, 3-degree glideslope (normally the optimum vertical profile to use during a landing approach) descends 300 feet per nautical mile. In other words, multiply your distance from touchdown by 300 feet to determine target altitudes while on final approach.

## What is the approach speed for a Cessna 172?

60 – 70 KIAS

Speeds

BEST GLIDE SPEED | 65 KIAS | |
---|---|---|

Max Structural Cruising Speed | Vno | 127 KIAS |

Enroute Climb Speed | 75 – 85 KIAS | |

Approach Speed | Vapp | 60 – 70 KIAS |

Never Exceed | Vne | 158 KIAS |

## What is the best glide speed?

Best glide speed is the airspeed at which the aircraft glides the farthest with the least loss of altitude. If faced with a forced landing situation, the best airspeed depends on what you’re trying to do.