The Cessna 172 with TP100 Takes to the Air

The first flights of the Cessna 172T aircraft took place at the end of October and the beginning of November. The pilot, JUDr. Jaromír Hammer, flew with the Cessna up to a height of about two kilometres. The Cessna 172T aircraft was developed at the Aircraft Technique Division through complete reconstruction of the older Cessna F172M, initially operated with a piston engine with 112 kW of power. From now, the TP100 turboprop engine with 180 kW of power from the production of PBS Velká Bíteš will be fitted in the aircraft. The first flight was preceded by an intensive technical stage when the new propulsion unit was integrated into the aircraft, and also by an extremely administratively cumbersome approval process. The aircraft was developed under the supervision of the Civil Aviation Authority (Úřad pro civilní letectví, UCL). The maiden flight took place in beautiful sunny weather. The aim was to examine the behaviour of the aircraft with the new turboprop engine and meet the basic scope of the tests required by the UCL. The impressions from the first flight are very positive. The aircraft features excellent flight properties, excellent dynamics and, moreover, its new propulsion unit is less noisy compared with the original motor, which was confirmed in particular by the onlookers. Currently, the Cessna has flown just under five hours and further flights will follow.