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Help: Fuel Consumption On A C172 Or A C182 Plz

Wed Oct 23, 2002 1:41 pm

I was trying to get some numbers ($$$) in order to determine if it would be convenient to fly a C172 or a C182 for a total trip of 960 kilometers / 600 miles rather by car.
Since I wasn't able to find any web page where I could get some information about Cessna's single engine consumptions, I was forced to ask you guys some information and some advice (if available  Smile ). But before we start, here I'll give you some numbers regarding fuel costs over here in Argentina:

Car: ( I have a Diesel one )

$ 1.2 per Liter / $ 4.5 per Gallon.
Max range with a full 60 Liters / 16 Gallons tank:
-900 kilometers / 560 miles at 60 mph / 100 kmph.
-750 kilometers / 470 miles at 100 mph / 160 kmph.

As far as I know about small Turboprops fuel costs:
Near $ 1 per Liter / $ 3.7 per Gallon.

Now here comes the question: Anyone here knows the consumption of a C172 or a C182 in order to determine costs, performance, Pros and Cons for this trip ?.

Thank you in advance.

Jgore  Smile

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RE: Help: Fuel Consumption On A C172 Or A C182 Plz

Wed Oct 23, 2002 2:09 pm

The plane trip will cost you somewhere in the ballpark of $500US. This is assuming that you average 110kts through the trip, and the rental of the plane is $85 an hour. Usually, you are charged by engine time. Are you a Private Pilot yet? The fuel consumption should be in your C172 Handbook, I can check mine later when I have a little more time.

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RE: Help: Fuel Consumption On A C172 Or A C182 Plz

Wed Oct 23, 2002 2:38 pm

Personal experience for a C182, I run about 12.5 USG/h and plan at 130 knots. C172, expect 105 knots at 8 GPH. The Skylane will carry four adults and baggage with about 3-4 hours of fuel and still be undergross. The Skyhawk, you're looking at 2 hrs of gas to carry 4 adults.

No matter what, it will be more expensive to fly rather than drive. For a 600 mile trip, you'll save a lot of time by flying however. The thing to worry about is, (I'm guessing you're a low-time pilot here?) of course, weather. You'll need more flexability in your schedual. I've made numerous trips by GA that wouldn't have been feasible by car. The thing you have to be ready to accept is that you very well may have to spend a few days waiting out weather. I've been lucky enough to make a weeks vacation to Florida and back almost the entire way VFR. I've also been weathered in 100 miles from home when a low moved in and left me with low ceilings, heavy fog, and below freezing temperatures for a week. The key is to be flexable.

Where are you planning on making this flight? I'm guessing not in the US?

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RE: Help: Fuel Consumption On A C172 Or A C182 Plz

Thu Oct 24, 2002 11:19 am

If you really are considering flying, then you're a pilot. If you're a pilot you should have a POH for the airplane types that you fly. If you have a POH for the airplane type you fly, then the answer is in there. Don't ask for it here, the bad answers you get here will kill you (I'm not saying the previous answers are wrong).
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RE: Help: Fuel Consumption On A C172 Or A C182 Plz

Thu Oct 24, 2002 11:39 am

Well you can check to see if its more direct by air.

For the most part, I have found that you need a full plane to get anywhere near the low cost of driving, even then it will be more expensive to fly.
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RE: Help: Fuel Consumption On A C172 Or A C182 Plz

Thu Oct 24, 2002 5:10 pm

I am guessing you're a student writing a study or smthg?

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