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Thursday, 21 January 2016 00:00

The Dependable and Affordable Used Cessna 150 / 152

The Cessna 150 / 152 is an enigma for those who don’t know much about airplanes. It’s one of the most popular private light airplanes in the world, despite the fact that it started its production run in 1958 and the last of the US-produced 152s (which were based on the design of the Cessna 150) were built in 1985. In 1986, 25 Cessna 152s were produced, and that was the last batch.

All in all, almost 24,000 150s were built over the years, and a little more than 7,500 of the Cessna 152s were produced. Today, more than 20,000 of these 2-seater planes are still flying all over the world. They’re mainly used for aviation schools, but many families who want to buy Cessna 150 / 152 planes can find many used Cessna 150 / 152 for sale in the market today.

So what accounts for the popularity of the Cessna 150 / 152? That’s simple. It’s very sturdy and designed very simply for safety reasons. It’s specifically made for beginners, so its simplicity is intentional.


There is no single set of specs for the Cessna 150 / 152, simply because over the 27 years of its production run Cessna has made a lot of changes annually. Nonetheless, here are some of the stats you can expect from a used Cessna 150 / 152 for sale:

  • According to Cessna, it has a cruising airspeed of 105 KTS (nautical miles per hour), which is about the same as 120 mph. But most pilots of the Cessna 150 / 152 agree that the more accurate figure is 95 KTS or about 110 mph.

  • It can carry about 400 to 500 pounds. According to the FAA, a Cessna 150 has a legal maximum weight limit of 1,600 when it includes passengers and baggage. The 150s made before 1964 have a 1,500-pound limit and the 152s have a 1,670-pound limit. On average, a Cessna 150 / 152 when empty weighs about 1,100 pounds, so do the math.

  • The gas mileage ranges from 15 to 22 miles per gallon. It consumes 5 to 9 gallons per hour, and with a full tank of fuel you can probably travel about 300 miles and still have 30 minutes of fuel left.

  • Realistically, you need only about 750 feet to land a Cessna 150 / 152 and 1,500 feet to take off. But it all depends on the headwinds and tailwinds.


Pros and Cons

The Cessna 150 / 152 is very affordable, it’s very easy to fly, very safe, and quite easy to maintain as well. These are all good reasons to buy a plane, and when you find all these features in a single plane you know you have a winner in your hands.

On the other hand, while it has a service ceiling of at least 12,650 feet the Cessna 150 / 152 performs a bit sluggishly past 9,500 feet. You won’t really go past this altitude anyway, although you may have a problem if you have to land in an airport at a very high altitude.

Buying Tips

You may find a used Cessna 150 with an $18,000 price tag if it’s in good condition, while a 152 is more expensive at about $22,500. Upgraded versions with better engines and equipment may go for $30,000 but with that kind of money you can get a good 4-seater instead of a 2-seater.


Last Updated on Thursday, 21 January 2016 23:06