Cessna 177 Cardinal. A photo. Specifications.
Cessna 177 Cardinal. A photo. Specifications.

Cessna 177 Cardinal. A photo. Specifications.


Cessna 177 Cardinal, is a four-seater single-engined light aircraft designed for the carriage of passengers and for freight transport.


Cessna 177 RG Cardinal Photo


Mass production of the aircraft Cessna 177 Cardinal was launched in 1968 year, while the first flight of this aircraft took place a year earlier, in 1967 year. The main reason for the emergence of the current model was the need to replace 172-th model - Cessna 172 SkyhawkHowever, despite the rather good technical and flight characteristics, the aircraft did not use the proper popular, as a consequence, the issue was discontinued after ten years, in the year 1978.

Initially, the company Cessna aircraft designers wanted to keep the fuselage Cessna Skyhawk 172 unchanged, but after a series of improvements carried out, the aircraft was given a better aerodynamic shape, allowing to reach high speeds of flight, with less fuel. As the power plant on the Cessna 177 Cardinal used piston, four-cylinder Lycoming O-320, allowing to provide power to 150 hp, providing airspeed within 230-250 km \ h.


Photo Cessna 177 Cardinal


Initially, as it concerns about the first hundred descended from the aircraft assembly line, pilots complained that the plane fly is difficult to put in a state of equilibrium, especially when you want to carry out the landing on unpaved runways, as a consequence, the American aircraft manufacturers have solved this problem by shifting the center of gravity of the aircraft to the required distance.

In general, a plane Cessna 177 Cardinal was popular to 1970 years, while aircraft manufacturers did not provide an upgraded version of the current model, differing only by a number of small parameters, but having a rather high price.


Cab Cessna 177 Cardinal


In total, during the production of light-aircraft Cessna 177 Cardinal, in addition to the base production model, there are three modifications: Cessna 177A Cardinal, Cessna 177B Cardinal and Cessna 177RG Cardinal.

Modification of the Cessna 177A Cardinal was introduced in 1969, and according to the plan of the aircraft manufacturer was equipped with a powerful piston engine Lycoming O-360, providing 180 hp. The additionally increased power allowed the aircraft to accelerate to 230 km / h, which is 20 km / h more than the base model.


Control Panel Cessna 177 Cardinal


In 1970 the American company introduced another model - Cessna 177B Cardinal, having a number of minor technical improvements, the updated profile of the wing and propeller, providing a constant speed. In addition, the aircraft was also able to increase and a maximum take-off weight of up to 1135 kg, however, the high cost of this model was one of the reasons for the fall in demand among potential customers.

The Cessna 177RG Cardinal began production in 1971 and is the latest in this line. The main distinguishing features of the Cessna 177RG Cardinal were a retractable landing gear, a new 360 hp Lycoming IO-200 engine, an increased takeoff weight of 1270 kilograms, and an increased cruising speed of 274 km / h.

At present, around the world it operated about 2.5 thousand aircraft of this model.


Specifications Cessna 177 Cardinal.


  • Crew: 1 people;
  • Passenger: 3 person;
  • aircraft Length: 8,46 m .;
  • Wingspan: 10,8 m .;
  • Plane Height: 2,62 m .;
  • Weight of empty aircraft: 680 kg. (Depending on the modification);
  • Payload: 420 kg. (Depending on the modification);
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 1100 kg. (Depending on the modification);
  • Cruising speed: 230 km \ h. (Depending on the modification);
  • Maximum flight speed: 300 km \ h. (Depending on the modification);
  • Maximum flight distance: 1120 km. (Depending on the modification);
  • Maximum flight height: 4450 m .;
  • aircraft engine type: a piston;
  • Powerplant: Lycoming O-360-A1F6D (depending on modification);
  • Power: 180 hp (Depending on version).


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