Cessna’s New Turbo Diesel 172 Skyhawk

October 12, 2008

Cessna will offer the 172S Skyhawk with a Thielert turbo diesel engine with deliveries to start in mid-2008.

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15 Responses to “Cessna’s New Turbo Diesel 172 Skyhawk”

  1. chrismd00 on October 12th, 2008 11:20 am

    You would never …
    You would never have enough energy from those solar panels. That is a foolish idea. That would never work in this plane. Look at the shape and size of current solar powered craft.

  2. zfaylor on October 12th, 2008 11:20 am

    yea thats practical …
    yea thats practical…or we could use diesel and run it on vegetable oil or atf or used motor oil or another one of the thousands of products a diesel can burn. i love how ppl like you think electricity comes from magic.

  3. freddytuber on October 12th, 2008 11:20 am

    Who cares? Gas is …
    Who cares? Gas is dead and so is diesel! Make a brushless electric alternative with solar cells on the wings and forget reinventig these old technologies. The time to let them go is NOW. Use the 172, make it a 2 seater with a lot of batteries and park it in the sun to charge, then I will get one.

  4. marick626 on October 12th, 2008 11:20 am

    its not been …
    its not been delayed, its no longer going to be made with thielert engines. Until they find an alternative, its not delayed, its gone basicaly.

  5. triumphrider97 on October 12th, 2008 11:20 am

    The manufacturer of …
    The manufacturer of the engine Thielert has gone into insolvency and the founder and his CFO have been fired. They were accused of booking false sales to pump up the financial results.

    The Cessna Skyhawk TD has been delayed due to this action. Don’t look for it anytime soon.

  6. agcatdriver on October 12th, 2008 11:20 am

    Maybe to …
    Maybe to recereational pilots who only fly a hundred or so hours a year. I am chief pilot for a large pipeline patrol company (13 172′s that each fly on average 1000 plus hrs a year) and we are SERIOUSLY considering this aircrft as an alternative.

  7. jokeingkider on October 12th, 2008 11:20 am

    Wow, thanks for …
    Wow, thanks for explaining that to a ultralight flyer! I deeply apriciate it!

  8. dparson on October 12th, 2008 11:20 am

    CS props have the …
    CS props have the ability to change their angle…the blades of the prop actually rotate within the prop hub. Pilots usually have a control to regulate the blade angle and its used to set the RPM of the engine. A pilot might set the RPM to be 2500rpm, then no matter how much throttle you apply, the blades of the CS prop will change angle to maintain the 2500rpm. Regular, fixed pitch props only have 1 blade angle obviously and don’t have this feature. CS props effectively give the plane gears

  9. jokeingkider on October 12th, 2008 11:20 am

    Very helpfull video …
    Very helpfull video, but whats the difference between a constant speed propeller and the other one he mentioned?

  10. s172mch on October 12th, 2008 11:20 am

    well you dont …
    well you dont understand diesel technology these days
    burns 50% less fuel than a gas engine
    expect a 5gph or so rate

  11. curtiskinoo on October 12th, 2008 11:20 am

    Way to go!!!
    Way to go!!!

  12. joecatsean on October 12th, 2008 11:20 am

    It has a number of …
    It has a number of advantages, and lots of folks ARE asking the question “how do we replace leaded avgas?” 100LL is the only leaded fuel still available, and it’s days are numbered. EPA is already looking to get rid of it, and the lead additive is only produced by one plant. We are one stroke of the pen by EPA or the company board, or one plant accident away from ALL of us scrambling to find new engines.

  13. italy430 on October 12th, 2008 11:20 am

    maybe you weren’t …
    maybe you weren’t listening to the improvements this new turbo diesel has over the lycomings…

  14. billaire1 on October 12th, 2008 11:20 am

    Its about time!
    Its about time!

  15. 1000BaseT on October 12th, 2008 11:20 am

    This airplane is …
    This airplane is the answer to a question no one is asking…

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