Terry in Huntsville wrote:Hi all,
This may be a repeat but has anyone established maximum crate sizes that will fit in a C172 and/or Warrior. We have no crates and having flown no missions yet would like to learn from others experience if possible.
Hi. I just did a leg of a transport in a C172 and here's what I found. The dog came with her own travel crate---one of those crates with two plastic halves that bolt together in the middle, and has a metal mesh door. The crate measured approximately 21"x28" at its widest point, and was about 21" tall. I could just barely squeeze this crate through the C172 door with the front seats pushed all the way forward. Once the crate was on board and sitting sideways on the back seat, there was about 8 inches of clearance to the side---or just enough for the dog to climb in/out. The right seat could then be pushed back against the crate to keep it securely in place.
Based on this, 21 x 28 x 21 (w x d x h) is probably about the largest crate you will get into the back of a C172 without disassembly. The 21x21 cross section was the critical dimension for getting it through the door. You would probably able to fit a longer crate (say 28-32"), though getting the dog in and out might become an issue. You would probably be able to squeeze a few more inches in each direction if you were to use a metal collapsible crate, or were willing to disassemble the crate and reassemble it inside.
But as a practical matter, this means that the maximum size for a dog to ride in a crate in the back seat of a C172 is probably about 35-40 lbs. If you wanted to transport a dog much bigger, it would have to be with a seat-belt harness.
Hope this is useful.