N738VU : Flying Particles Cessna 172

1978 Cessna 172N

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Flying Particles has a loaded Aspen Evolution 1000 equipped 1978 Cessna 172N. Come see for yourself!

In the old days, Cessna Skyhawks like these were every pilot’s first ‘step up’ airplane, after learning the basics in a two-seater. Nowadays, this classic four seater is beloved by first-timers as well as experienced pilots looking for a ride that’s easy, affordable and fun to fly. Ours sees plenty of time as an instrument and basic trainer. It’s just as alluring for a day of Bay Area sightseeing or a quick trip to Monterey.


Aspen Evolution 1000 with Synthetic Vision
Dual Nav/Com
WAAS Garmin 430 GPS
Mode C Transponder
Marker beacon
4 place intercom


160 HP Powerplant


Synthetic Vision! – page two of the options toggles the Syn Vis on (3 different styles) – You must select it for each flight and only after it gets GPS position.

The Aspen has it’s own “avionics master” – it’s a little toggle switch on the upper left side of the panel – labeled “EFIS Master”.

There is no vacuum pump (or gauge). The Aspen and the back up Attitude Indicator have battery backups.

Here are some cool things to do with the Aspen:
1. The lateral and vertical guidance indicators on an ILS or precision WAAS approach show up in the Attitude Indicator – very cool – easy IFR scan
2. The flight path indicator is awesome – point it at the flag that says “LVK” to make perfect approaches
3. Try the third style of Syn Vis which puts a terrain map on the HSI area
4. When lining up for a turn to final, you can make one of the 3 HSI needles work like an RMI
5. Set the minimums flag on every approach. It has great warnings and pop ups.
6. All the Vspeeds have their own preset markers


  1. Aspen Website
  2.  Evolution Video Library: Flying the Aspen Evolution – Tips and Tricks
  3. POH

Sample POH