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Dec 2, 1996 - from flight tests conducted by the Cessna Aircraft Company under carefully documented conditions and will vary with individual airplanes. The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is an American four-seat, single-engine, high wing, fixed-wing aircraft made by the Cessna Aircraft Company. First flown in 1955, more 172s have been built than any other aircraft.
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Pilot Certificate Badges • SIM - Simulators only, or pre-student interest • ST - Student • SPT - Sport Pilot • UPL - Ultralight Pilot (EASA) • RPL - Recreational Pilot • LAPL - Light Aircraft Pilot (EASA) • PPL - Private Pilot • CPL - Commercial Pilot • ATP - Airline Transport Pilot • CFI - FAA Certified Flight Instructor • FI - Flight Instructor (non-FAA Country) • MIL - AF,N,A - Military pilot, AF, N, A, etc. As a reference, it's good for pretty much everything exept weight and balance calculations. You should use the numbers that are in the AFM that stays with the plane, because they're the most accurate. They take into account recent measurements for that specific plane, while a POH will just give you factory standard numbers. You can use the POH for rough calculations as long as your plane doesn't have some weird modifications that throw the empty CG off, but for accuracy and legality you need to use the tail-number-specific numbers from the AFM.
For older aircraft that don't have an AFM, you should still look into its records and find the latest W&B numbers and use those. Don't just use the POH numbers on good faith. I believe my plane currently weighs 50-75 pounds more than the factory POH numbers.
Just make sure you're using an official AFM when you do this for your checkride. It's a recipe for a failure if you can't show that your W&B calculations are spot-on legit. I had to show the DPE exactly where I got every figure. You can learn to do W&B with unofficial stuff like a standard POH for your model, but every single plane (literally every single individual plane) has a slightly different weight and CG because they all have slightly different equipment that weighs slightly different amounts.