## 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. retract the landing gear,
2. avoid struts or bracing wires,
3. minimize friction drag by allowing for more laminar flow and minimum surface area.
4. 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.