The 2012 Skyhawk features three new exterior paint schemes and a Garmin GTS 800 traffic system that integrates with the G1000 and is ADS-B compatible.
All really great flying adventures begin at dawn,” wrote Stephen Coonts in his cross-country odyssey Cannibal Queen, and those words were all I was thinking about as I drove to the airport with the sun still hiding and the new day before me. I was excited because I’d be flying Cessna’s new Skyhawk, and the prospect was enticing.
To some, the idea of flying Cessna’s venerable 172 may not conjure up adventure, but to me, the airplane is something of an aerial version of Chevrolet’s classic 1956 Bel Air—a vehicle whose pedestrian character belies the fact that it’s simply a cool ride. They were both born in the same year, and who doesn’t like an airplane they call The Pilot Maker?