starting a charter business with a Cessna 172

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Hey philip

Im a traning pilot working on the cessna 172 and I read your article
and had a few question

what are the most important costs i have to remember if i start my own
charter airlines with one plane and only me as soul pilot?

what is the best way for me to calculate the costs compared to
australia Darwin?

i was wondering what are the basic charts needed for a cessna 172 for
eg landing and take off charts for the shortest runway possible?

and lastly how much fuel average can one assume for a leased cessna 172?

-- kabir Varma, May 10, 2009


In the U.S., I think that you need to have 1200 hours of experience to be pilot-in-command of a charter aircraft, so your main cost would be building 1200 hours of flying experience.

I'm not sure what "Australia Darwin" is, other than a city in Australia.

It would be illegal to take off in a Cessna 172 without the owner's manual in the airplane. That owner's manual will have performance charts with takeoff and landing distances (demonstrated by a test pilot on a very long runway).

How much fuel does a Cessna 172 consume? 6-12 gallons per hour, depending on the engine and cruise speed selected.

-- Philip Greenspun, May 10, 2009

charter in a 172? you gonna take one passenger? you need at least a 182 to put people in the back seats. and you better build a ton of experience before you risk your life, capital and lives of your passengers. one idea, get a multi rating and find a twin to use.

-- Mike Azzarello, August 27, 2009

Cessna 172 is fully capable of carrying 4 passengers depending on your fuel needs. If you are flying local then this will not be a factor.

-- Scott Hillard, January 3, 2011