At AeroGuard, we utilize a robust fleet of over 60 aircraft, each for their particular purpose in our training. The Piper Archer is a consistent, top of the line entry point for pilots to learn the basics with. But it’s not the only plane we take in the air. The Cessna 152 is another, great plane that we use to learn and master new skills.
The History of Cessna
Cessna has almost 100 years of history, filled with amazing highs and lows, from the very first flight to going under following the Great Depression. The company went through the wringer that was the 20th century.
The Cessna brand of aircraft takes its name from Clyde Cessna, a Kansas farmer who in 1911 built and flew his own aircraft. Shortly thereafter he started making more aircraft with wood and fabric, testing the flights out in Oklahoma. They got off to a real start in 1927, and following a couple of closed years due to the Great Depression have been commercially producing planes ever since.
After 50 years in 1977, they created one of the best, most durable planes any cadet has had the good fortune to pilot: The Cessna 152.
This affordable, durable craft rolled off the factory lines in 1977 has seen constant use since. That’s forty-one years of flight-testing experience and their ability to endure the rigorous conditions pilots train for every day. In 1985 the Wichita, Kansas Cessna factory ceased production of the 152, but in that time had produced almost 8,000 individual planes.
What makes it so perfect for continuous use in pilot training?
Let’s take a look at the Cessna 152 specs.
- Crew – One Pilot
- Capacity – One Passenger
- Length – 24 ft 1 in, or 7.3m
- Wingspan – 33 ft 4 in, or 10.2m
- Height – 8 ft 6 in, or 2.6m
- Wing Area – 160ft² or 14.9 m²
- Empty Weight – 1,081 lbs, or 490 kg
- Maximum Takeoff Weight – 1,670 lbs, or 757 kg
- Powerplan – 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, 79km/h
- Takeoff Roll – 725 ft, or 221m
- 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 3.6m/s
Now, those specs might not mean much to you if you’re not in the air yet, but even a layman can understand 126 miles per hour is nothing to sneeze at!
Those specs aren’t the only ones you may find attached to a Cessna 152 as the plane has many popular modifications to have it perform even better for those pilots looking for a bit more from their planes.
Pilots looking to get more oomph out of their Cessna can put a number of new parts and mods into their plane to get the exact performance they need. A new engine package such as the Sparrow Hawk, additional tailwheel landing gear fittings, even sealing flap gaps to reduce drag and increase rising power.
Who Flies the 152?
The Cessna 152 isn’t just used by pilot training programs like AeroGuard. Some militaries -such as Argentina, Mexico, and more- use the 152 as a part of their fleets. For those who are becoming hobbyist pilots, the 152 is a popular choice for purchase, finding them for around $20,000 in some places. Imagine buying a plane for the same price as a new Honda Civic!
When it comes to buying a 152 second-hand, pilots have the peace of mind of knowing they are buying one of the sturdiest workhorses in any fleet. That with proper care and maintenance (and the logs to show it!) pilots can take the plane out without hesitation that it is ready and capable of flight.
Want to get in the cockpit of a Cessna 152 this year? New year, new you and ready to fly? You’ll want to come check out what AeroGuard can teach you, contact us, and begin the process of becoming a commercial pilot, spending hours flying in a 152, but that won’t be the last or largest plane for you, not by a longshot. You up for it?