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Cessna 172 H


The Air Corps currently operates five Cessna FR172H aircraft. These aircraft first entered service in 1972 and operate seven days a week carrying out a wide variety of roles for the Air Corps.

Although carrying out many different roles, the vast majority of operations in which the five Cessna FR172H aircraft are involved in, are aerial surveillance and monitoring of cash and prisoner & explosive escorts. Additionally, a vital secure communications link is provided to ground units which may not otherwise be achievable during operations in remote and mountainous areas. Excellent slow flight characteristics, high wing for ground surveillance, coupled with endurance in excess of four hours makes these aircraft an ideal platform for such operations.


  • Escort Surveillance & Monitoring
  • Inshore Fishery Patrol
  • Drogue Towing
  • General Utility
Cessna Statistics
Aircraft TypeCessna FR172 H
Role(s)Escort surveillance & monitoring, inshore fishery patrol, drogue towing and general utility
Crew1 Pilot
1 Signalman or Drogue Operator (Role dependent)
Powerplant1 x Continental IO-360-D
Wing Span11.15 metres (36 feet 7 inches)
Height2.68 metres (8 feet 9 inches)
Length8.17 metres (26 feet 9 inches)
ArmamentNot Applicable
Entered Service1972

Cessna Performance
Max T/O Weight1,157 Kilograms (2,548 pounds)
Service Ceiling10,000 feet
Cruise Speed110 knots
Maximum Speed161 knots
Endurance4 hours, 30 minutes
Range500 nautical miles