Cessna 172 Skyhawk
Here I go again, purchasing another airplane. This time my plan is different, I want to teach the world to fly. Recently, I have been teaching 3 students to fly, using an airplane that belongs to a friend. Honestly, I wasn’t planning on teaching anyone full time, I was using my instructor skills sporadically to help with flight reviews and such. About two months ago a friend of mine called and asked if I was interested in teaching his good friend to fly. It happened that I was no longer working full time and so I thought “why not”. I have to say, I am really enjoying teaching people to fly. Last time I was a full time flight instructor was 7 years ago, when I needed to “build time” to get a real flying job. Now that I don’t need to build time, I am flight instructing for an entirely different reason, I love watching my students leave the earthbound masses in exploration of the sky. It is a very special moment when, as an instructor, you step out of the airplane to send your students on their first solo. Before when I was using flight instructing as a stepping stone, I didn’t realize how special being a flight instructor is.
So I have decided to take flight instruction a step further and purchase my own airplane to use for teaching. I think I have found the right airplane, she is a 1973 Cessna 172M that has been under utilized her entire life. She has under 2500 hours total time, less than 65 hours a year, that is about to change. The only bad thing about this airplane is that being born in the 70’s, it is painted in 70’s colors. This too is going to change, the green vinyl interior, chalk orange and green exterior are soon going to be bright, fun colors. I will be working with Eveline at Century Aircraft Paint again, she painted Estelle, our 1952 Cessna 195. I haven’t picked the interior shop yet but I’m sure the right fit will happen in time. Stay tuned for updates on the Cessna Skyhawk purchase and paint process. If you have any ideas on what her name should be or who should help with the interior, please email the info to Michael