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Since Cessna no longer produces the 177 Cardinal, new purchases are no longer available.

However, you can find that the used Cessna 177 Cardinal price range is currently anywhere from $120,000 to $135,000 or more on Aircraft For Sale.

Of course, the cost of owning a 177 Cardinal is attractive to many because of its cost-effectiveness, providing an affordable aircraft with reduced maintenance expenses, coupled with ample capacity for solo or small family flights- a remarkable value proposition!

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The Cessna 177 Cardinal traces its roots back to the late 1950s, a period marked by the introduction of tricycle landing gear, a novelty for newly designed airplanes. First certified in 1959 and presented as a 1960 model, the original 177 and 177A were 2900-pound aircraft featuring a Continental IO-470-E engine, an injected iteration of the engine used in the 182. Distinct from its 182 origins were the strut-braced wing and seating for 4 occupants. Several noteworthy distinctions set it apart.

Enthusiasts often highlight the innovative "twist and tuck" gear retraction design pioneered for the 177 and later applied to all high-wing retractable Cessnas. Initial models depended on engine-driven hydraulic pump, eventually upgraded to an electrohydraulic system.

In 1961, Cessna introduced the 177A, retaining the IO-470-E engine with 1500-hour TBO. The 177B followed in 1964, featuring Continental's IO-520-A, a 1700-hour TBO, and an additional 100-pound gross weight. Notably, optional child seats in the baggage area catered to flying families.

The turbocharged T177F (powered by a TSIO-520-C with a 1400-hour TBO) emerged in 1965, accompanied by a fuel capacity increase to 90 gallons, maintained until the introduction of the -R models. In 1967, Cessna ushered in a major aesthetic change, transitioning from a strut-braced wing to a cantilevered design, imparting a faster, sleeker, and more modern appearance.

The 1970 177K model saw Cessna augment baggage space, add 2 seats, and raise gross weight to 3400 pounds. In 1971, a power boost to 300 HP came with the 177L, still employing the reliable IO-520-L. The 177M in 1977 featured 3800-pound gross weight, followed by the 177N in 1979, which dispensed with gear doors. Ninety gallons of fuel became the standard tankage for models from 177G-N.

The pinnacle was reached with the 177R, sharing the IO-520-L and a 3850-pound gross weight. Production concluded with the 1986 T177R, the last of its kind, featuring a 325-HP TSIO-520-CE, a 1600-hour TBO, and a 4100-pound gross. Turbocharged models outsold their naturally aspirated counterparts by nearly two to one by the end of production.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much fuel does a Cessna 177 burn?

The fuel burn rate of a Cessna 177 can vary depending on several factors, including altitude, speed, weight, and engine condition, and specific model. However, as a general guideline, a Cessna 177 Cardinal typically burns around 8-12 gallons of 100LL fuel hour during cruise flight.

Keep in mind that this estimate is approximate, and the actual fuel consumption may differ based on the specific conditions and configuration of the aircraft. It's always best to consult the aircraft's operating manual or check with the manufacturer or an experienced pilot for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

How fast does the Cessna 177 Cardinal go?

The typical cruise speed of a Cessna 177 Cardinal is approximately 116 knots in level flight, depending on the specific model and conditions. This speed is typically achieved during cruise flight at optimal power settings.

How far can a Cessna 177 fly?

The maximum range of a Cessna 177 Cardinal, can vary depending on factors such as fuel capacity, weight, altitude, weather conditions, and power settings. However, as a general guideline, a Cessna 177 can typically fly around 500 to 600 nautical miles on a full tank of fuel, assuming standard conditions and cruise settings.

It's important to note that this is an approximate range, and actual range may vary based on the specific model and configuration of the aircraft, as well as the operational considerations such as wind, altitude changes, and reserves for safety.