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How It Works

RedHawk Reconfigured Aircraft Check

We find or you bring us a M, N, or P model C172 SkyHawk.

RedHawk Flight Training Aircraft Wrench

The airframe is taken down to bare metal and rebuilt with new parts.

RedHawk C172 Panel Dashboard

The panel is equipped with updated avionics designed for flight training.

RedHawk Turbo Diesel Gear

A new, Jet-A burning, Continental Motors Centurion turbo diesel engine is installed.

RedHwak Cessna 172 Price

The result is a like new, flight training aircraft for $249,000 ... total.

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RedHawk Aircraft Rebuilt

Start with the Best, Make it Better

The Cessna Skyhawk is the most stable, rugged, and reliable training platform built to date. So we don't need to reinvent the wheel, just improve on it. Every RedHawk is taken down to bare metal and the airframe is rebuilt with new parts with special attention paid to the known weaknesses of the C172.

  • Replacing the firewall if it shows any signs of abuse (most do)
  • Adding a firewall doubler to every airframe
  • X-raying the wing attach points and correcting any issues
  • Replacing all control cables
  • Installing all new exterior lights
  • Completely rewiring the full electrical system

Flight Training is Hard on Engines

One week might equal 100 takeoff cycles, 30 power-on stalls, and 20 missed approaches, all at low altitude and almost never at ISA. To meet the requirements of this demanding environment the RedHawk comes equipped with the ultra-efficient and reliable Continental Motors Centurion 2.0 turbo diesel engine. Built on a proven Mercedes-Benz core, this Jet-A burning engine is ideally suited to the demands of Flight Training offering operators both low direct operating costs and peace of mind.

RedHawk Aircraft FADEC

Engine Control - Simplified

Sure, diesels are reliable and efficient, but a flight training aircraft needs to be simple to operate for even the greenest student pilot. Enter the RedHawk’s FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control) system. A single lever is all that’s needed to set the desired power and the RedHawk takes care of fuel flow, propeller RPM, manifold pressure, and turbo boost to guarantee the best possible mix of efficiency and performance in any atmospheric condition.

RedHawk Student Pilot Proof

Student Pilot Proof

The FADEC simply won’t let the pilot damage the engine.

RedHawk Dual Redundancy

Dual Redundancy

Dual, independent engine control computers provide redundancy and safety.

RedHawk C172 Maximize Flying Time

Maximize Flying Time

Fast, simple preflight checks minimize time in the run up area.

RedHawk Aircraft Engine Gauges

Power Settings for Everyone

RPM, MP, GPH??? Context is key to understanding and for the new student pilot without a strong mechanical background these abbreviations and their associated metrics provide no context. In the RedHawk, engine performance is set and displayed as a percent of max power, making it easy for new pilots to understand without a 3 hour ground lesson on the internal combustion engine.

RedHawk Aircraft Hartzell Bantam propeller

Advanced Propeller Technology

To get the most from any engine, you’ll need a robust, well-designed propeller and the RedHawk comes with one of the best: The Hartzell Bantam. This lightweight propeller has three carbon fiber composite blades featuring a high performance, swept airfoil design. The lightness and superior strength of carbon fiber allows the blades to be built with wider chords and thinner airfoils, improving the RedHawk’s performance and efficiency.

Performance often comes at the cost of durability, but with the Bantam that’s a tradeoff you don’t have to make. Hartzell’s battle proven, durable carbon fiber monocoque construction and electroformed hard nickel erosion shields gives it maximum damage tolerance and field repairability.

Let's See How Much You'd Save on Fuel With a RedHawk

Total Fuel Savings Per Year


Current Cost: $60000

RedHawk Cost: $26500

Your Average 100LL Cost: $6.00

Your Average Jet-A Cost: $6.00

Your Current Fuel Burn: 10 gph

Your Flight Hours per Year: 1000

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Ground School

One of the first hurdles a new student pilot has to overcome is the inconsistent and incomprehensible vocabulary that we use to describe our airplanes. The RedHawk makes this difficult vocabulary immediately accessible to every new pilot. It’s flight training even when it’s sitting on the ramp.

The Best of Both Worlds

Cockpit technology is rapidly evolving, but much of the existing fleet isn’t keeping up. The RedHawk comes equipped with the latest advancements, but keeps the old reliable round gauges. Your students can learn both, preparing them for whatever they fly next.


Service Ceiling 14,000 ft.
Takeoff Distance S.L. (Ground Roll) 889 ft.
Takeoff Distance S.L. (To Clear 50ft. Obstacle) 1,750 ft.
Max Climb Rate S.L. 602 fpm
Max Speed S.L. 126 kts /145 mph
Max Range and Endurance 1,001 nm/10.0 hrs
Cruise Speed (75% pwr at 8,000 ft.) 111 kts /128 mph
Cruise Range and Endurance (75% pwr at 8,000 ft.) 811 nm/7.3 hrs
Landing Distance (Ground Roll) 610 ft.
Landing Distance (To Clear 50 ft. Obstacle) 1,390 ft.
Garmin 500 PFD/MFD
GMA-340 Digital Audio Panel with Marker Beacon/Intercom
GTX-330-ES Transponder with ADS/B Out
STEC-55X Autopilot** (not included in base price)
Alpha Systems Lift Indicator
CED-125 Compact Engine Display
AED-125 Auxiliary Engine Display
Backup Attitude Gyro, Altimeter, Airspeed and Turn Coordinator
Continental Centurion/Thielert TAE 125-02-99
Certified for Jet A and Jet A-1 (ASTM 1655)
Diesel Injection System
Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC)
Tubular Steel Engine Mount
Shock Mounted Cowling
Push Button Electric Self Starter
Engine Exhaust Muffler
Hartzell Constant Speed Bantam 3-Blade Composite Propeller
Hartzell Composite Propeller Spinner
  Normal Category Utility Category
Ramp Weight 2,402 lbs. (1,090 kg) 2,102 lbs. (954 kg)
Takeoff Weight 2,400 lbs. (1,089 kg) 2,100 lbs. (953 kg)
Landing Weight 2,100 lbs. (953 kg) 2,100 lbs. (953 kg)
Standard Empty Weight 1,622 lbs. (736 kg) 1,622 lbs. (736 kg)
Maximum Useful Load 778 lbs. (353 kg) 478 lbs. (217 kg)
Baggage Allowance 120 lbs. (54 kg) N/A

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