The research conducted in this project is on electrical propulsion in aviation. A Cessna 172K aircraft with a Lycoming O-320-E2D piston engine serves as a baseline measurement. Investigation of the components required for electrical flight is performed, and components are selected based on market availability and operational performance criteria.

This research focuses on electrical propulsion in the aviation industry, and is tailored to aircraft within the General Aviation sector leading to the following research question: Can current electric motor and battery technologies conceptually support flight operations for a Cessna 172K in terms of aircraft performance criteria?

The results explore the potential for a fully-electric aircraft powered by means of batteries. A demonstrated flight is examined and the center of gravity is calculated.


Aircraft, Electric, Battery, Alternative Propulsion, Electric Cessna, Cessna 172, Lycoming

Date of this Version



Aviation Technology

Department Head

Dr. Brent Bowen

Month of Graduation


Year of Graduation



Masters of Science in Avation and Aerospace Management

Degree Type

Directed Project

Head of Graduate Program

Dr. Richard Fanjoy

Advisor 1 or Chair of Committee

David L. Stanley

Advisor 2

Jim Spellman

Committee Member 1

Dr. Mary E. Johnson

Committee Member 2

Jeffrey Honchell