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Identity of all antennas on a standard C172P

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Where can I find a description of all the antennas and there optimal location for a typical Cessna 172P?  The radio equipment/GPS equipment is diagrammed and explained in the skyhawk information manual but not it's antennas.


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  1. MaggotCFII on Jan 26, 2011

    Try this from the AOPA Flight Training Site “Antennas”, the link:
    Pictures are worth a thousand words!
    If you are fortunate enough to have an avionics shop at your operation, have one of the techs do a walk around with you.

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  2. skyboyCFI on Jan 26, 2011

    I like that question. I always quiz my students on this, not really important, topic. Most don’t know. It’s good you’re more curious than others. It’s a sign you want to work harder to be a better pilot.

    Maggot covered your answer, so I won’t repeat.

    Good question!!

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  3. Kent Shook on Jan 26, 2011

    I wouldn’t call it “not really important” – I’ve no-go’d two flights for antennas: One was a VERY loose transponder antenna that would probably have departed the aircraft when departing a class C, the other was a broken ELT antenna when I was going to head into the backcountry. Both were quickly and easily fixed, and more important, cheaply!

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  4. skyboyCFI on Jan 26, 2011

    I stand corrected. I’ll restate:

    Not really important to know ‘unless’ they’re falling off the aircraft. 😉

    Note the word really. 🙂 a pilot should know, but not really important, unless they’re falling off the plane. But even then, u don’t need to know their names, just know it’s not good if an antenna is hanging by a wire ready to skydive ;-).

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