At AeroGuard, we utilize a robust fleet of over 60 airplanes, each playing an essential role in your pilot training. The Piper Archer and Piper Seminole are the aircraft our students spend the majority of their time training in, but they aren’t the only planes we fly. The Cessna 152 is another plane that we use exclusively for Spin Training during the CFI portion of the program – about 1.5 hours of your total flight training.
This two-seat, high-wing aircraft, running on a 110-horsepower piston engine with a fixed-pitch propeller, has a critical role in our flight training program. The Cessna 152 is used for Spin Training during the CFI portion of the program, as it is certified in the utility category and is designed for the aerobatic maneuvers pilots perform in them.
Spin Training in a Cessna 152
Training in the Cessna 152 allows pilots to gain the knowledge and skills needed to overcome the challenges of spin recovery, identifying unusual flight altitudes and remaining in control during these maneuvers. The Cessna 152 is the perfect workhorse for building aeronautical experience and knowledge in order to achieve your ratings and master critical skills. Spin training includes stall awareness, spin entry, spins and spin recovery procedures. Though Spin and Upset Recovery training in the Cessna 152 is required by the FAA, it’s also important knowledge for pilots to have for their overall safety in the air.
Spin training is a vital part of your education, and is much more docile than it may seem. In fact, if you held a cup of water in your hand during a spin, the water would not spill out, and if you were to close your eyes during a spin, you wouldn’t be able to tell you’re spinning, as a spin is a 1 g maneuver. Only during the recovery phase of the spin will you feel approximately 2 g’s.
- Crew – One Pilot
- Capacity – One Passenger
- Length – 24 ft 1 in, or 7.3 m
- Wingspan – 33 ft 4 in, or 10.2 m
- Height – 8 ft 6 in, or 2.6 m
- Wing Area – 160 ft² or 14.9 m²
- Empty Weight – 1,081 lbs, or 490 kg
- Maximum Takeoff Weight – 1,670 lbs, or 757 kg
- Power plant – 1 Lycoming O-235-L2C flat-4 engine, 110 hp, driving a 69-inch (175 cm) or 72-inch two-blade, fixed-pitch propeller
- Max Speed – 126 mph, or 110 knots, 204 km/h
- Cruising Speed – 123 mph, or 107 knots, 198 km/h
- Stall Speed – 49 mph, or 43 knots, 79 km/h
- Takeoff Roll – 725 ft, or 221 m
- Range – 477 mi, or 768 km
- Extended range (with long-range tanks) – 795 mi, or 1,280 km
Rate of Climb – 715 ft/min, or 3.6 m/s
This aircraft has been around for several years, but our expert maintenance team works diligently to continuously update it as necessary to keep it in great condition for the safety of our students and staff.