Cessna 152

Cessna 152

Cessna is the most famous manufacturer of small aircraft. It was founded in 1929 by Claude Vernon Cessna and is headquartered in Wichita, Kansas. The main business is larger propeller aircraft and business jets, as well as the classic high-wing aircraft will be produced again in 1997.

The Cessna 150/152 is an all-metal high-wing aircraft with two seats. In 28 years, more than 30,000 planes have been produced, of which about 75% are still flying. Many pilots have started their careers on a Cessna 150/152.

With 100-110 hp her engine it is not overly powerful, the French Aerobat variant approved for aerobatics has a modified engine with a max output of 130 HP.

The 152 it is very robust and the maintenance hardly more expensive than a microlight – whereby one must note, however, that engine overhauls are significantly more expensive than the overhaul of cheap non-certified engine from Rotax.

Inside the cockpit of a Cessna 152
Inside the cockpit of a Cessna 152

The Cessna 152 is not especially convenient: the two seats are very close cut, you are sitting shoulder to shoulder. If you are traveling alone, one wonders how on earth  a second person should fit. The overall view is mediocre, the dashboard is built very high, many bars block the view. In many instances, the seats can only move longitudinally even with 1.80m, it is sometimes useful to sit down on a thick cushion.

Rather convenient is the large and easily accessible luggage compartment, which you can take up to 100 lbs of luggage. There’s even the option to install an additional bank with child seats here.

Another advantage is the two folding windows that can be opened during flight – which is very appreciated on hot summer days. Less pleasant is the noise: due to the poor insulation, the 152 is a very loud aircraft. After dozens of years and thousands of landing it may happen that the doors no longer close properly.

Due to the large production volume, there are plenty of good examples on the used market. Prices start at under $20,000 to. Thanks to their foolproof flight characteristics it is a popular training aircraft and perfect for beginners. For frequent business use it is not an ideal choice due to her sensitivity to wind.

Over the decades, the small Cessna has been continuously developed. Very early models of the 150-Series can be recognized by not having an ‘Omnivision’ Rear Window, thus they look a little sportier. Even today there are modifications being offered by third-party manufacturers with which you can adjust the plane to your needs. There is even a guy who has built-in a throttled V8 engine from the Corvette!

The Cessna 152 has a slightly higher payload than her predecessor, a more modern engine and a modified instrument panel. Unfortunately, it requires expensive avgas.

One may ask whether it would not be a better and cheaper option to fly a modern ultralight, given the somewhat meager performance of the 152. That may be true in some cases, however, one must not forget that you are not allowed to fly at night with an UL – which is no problem in the Cessna 152!

There is a good selection of used Cessna on the market, which depending on engine condition may be less than $20,000. This makes it cheaper than most used ultralight, consumes slightly more fuel and is more stable than a UL.


Cessna 150/152 Technical Data

Measurements Wing Span Length Height Cabin Width
10,20 m 7,30 m 2,60 m 1,02 m
Manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company (USA), cessna.com
Variants 150M 152
Year of construction 1958 – 1977 1977-1985
Engine ContinentalO-200-A LycomingIO-235-L2C
Output 100 PS 110 PS
V(stall) 42 KTAS 43 KTAS
V(cruise) 107 KTAS (198 km/h) 107 KTAS (198km/h)
Start Roll 221 m 221 m
Climb Rate 3,4 m/s 3,6 m/s
Service ceiling 14.000 ft 14.700 ft
Fuel Consumption 6 Gal/h 3-5 Gal/h
Range 678 km 768 km1.280 km(long range tanks)
Empty Weight 504 kg 490 kg
Payload 220 kg 241 kg

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