Cessna 152 (C152) flying

16 FACTS you must know about the Cessna 152

Due to its easy procedures from flying, maintaining airworthiness, and durability and quality of aircraft manufacturing, this aircraft model is the best choice for any pilot who wants to improve his flying skills.
In this article Aviationemy Academy, picked the 16 top questions asked around Cessna 152 from the Cessna family and answered it with facts about this popular aircraft.

The Cessna 152 is a two-seat aircraft designed by Textron aviation. It’s a very simple aircraft designed for training purposes and personal use. Just a simple general aviation airplane with a fixed-tricycle-gear, nothing is fancy here the 152 is a machine to get you fly.

The two-seat Cessna 152 sitting in the ramp with registration N530CA.
The Cessna 152 – Two-seat aircraft designed by Textron aviation | By San Carlos Flight Center

The aircraft design was actually based on the earlier model which is the Cessna 150 with some minor design changes and equipped with a more powerful engine that gives the Cessna 152 an extra kick and the most beautiful thing for the owner’s pocket – a long time between engine overhauls. These features gave Textron aviation to compete in the single-piston aircraft market before their success in the jet market by introducing their Cessna Citation I – The Cessna C500 and the Cessna C501 I/SP jet aircraft models.

By collecting and analyzing data and specifications for the C152 aircraft, we will answer the most important questions related to this aircraft, so here are the 16 things you must know about the Cessna 152:

1. Are they still make Cessna 152?

Unfortunately, The Cessna 152 has been out of production for more than thirty years ago, exactly this aircraft has been produced between 1977 and 1982, but on the good side, many aircraft of this model are still airworthy and are still in regular use for flight training. So after all, if you love this flying piece you can always have one that is still airworthy but you will find it overpriced. There are other modern options thought, like the Cessna 172 known as the Skyhawk or The Diamond DA40.

2. Cessna 152 powerplant?

All Cessna 152s (1978 & 1985 models) were manufactured with a Lycoming O-235 engine which has been in production since 1942. The Lycoming provided not only an increase in engine power over the Cessna 150 but also was more compatible with the newer 100LL low-lead fuel using a carburetor fuel system. Click here to see all about the carburetor and their icing and heating technology used in piston engines equipped in Cessna piston aircraft.

Lycoming O-235 propeller systems powerplant for Cessna 152
Lycoming O-235 propeller systems powerplant

3. Cessna 152 fuel capacity

The C152Cessna 152 is capable of holding 26 gallons fuel capacity using its standard fuel tanks, this aircraft uses 100LL low-lead fuel with 100 Min. Octane Fuel.

For the ferry flights, Long Range Tanks can also be equipped for the Cessna 152, enabling the aircraft to carry extra 39 gallons of fuel.

The 26 gallons of the 100LL low-lead fuel used by the C152 is weigh around 156 LBS per gallon according to the standard Aviation Fuel Weights Used in Aircraft.

4. What is the Cessna 152 fuel burn?

The C152 was considered – at its time, one of the efficient aircraft models regarding fuel burn. At the normal conditions, the Cessna 152 has an average Fuel Burn of 75% power 6.1 gallons per hour.

5. Aircraft’s power plant horse power (HP)

With the equipped engine Lycoming O-235-L2C engines produce 110 hp (82 kW) at 2,550 rpm, but due to some problems with this engine like lead-fouling problems Cessna put it out of service. In 1983, Cessna introduced the O-235-N2C it was the new replacement having a 108 hp (81 kW) with redesigned pistons with a modified combustion chamber to reduce this problem. Cessna used this engine for all C152 until the end of its production in 1985.

6. Cessna 152 takeoff speed and landing speed

Takeoff speed

If the pilot of the Cessna 152 is trying to take off from a soft field, it is necessary to establish a climb at 54 KIAS as his takeoff speed to clear any obstacles. if that is not the case, he can do a normal climb of 70 – 80 KIAS based on the weight and payload of the aircraft.

Landing Speed

For landing speed: approaching a Short Field Landing, On final approach, the pilot should use a full flap, power on the descent at 54 KIAS.

Power output should be constantly controlled by the pilot to descend the aircraft away from obstacles and approach the runway with a 60 KIAS full flap glide is established.

7. How many miles can a Cessna 152 fly?

Cessna 152 can fly up to 477 miles (768 km, 415 nmi) as a normal range, it can also fly up to 795 miles (1,279 km, 691 nmi) as a ferry range with long-range tanks equipped.

8. Is a Cessna 152 pressurized?

The aircraft is not designed to fly in high altitudes and got a service ceiling of 14,700 feet and that’s why the Cessna 152 is not pressurized.

9. Aircraft systems

This airplane is equipped with all the instruments and systems needed for VFR/IFR flight rules.

Electrical energy is supplied by a 28 volt, direct-current system powered by an engine-driven, 60-amp alternator and a 24-volt, 14-amp hour battery.

10. Cessna 152 Cockpit

Cessna 152 training poster and checklist
Cessna 152 training poster and checklist (Click to view full image)
N4951A Cessna 152 cockpit from the pilot's door view
Cessna 152 cockpit from the pilot’s door view
Cessna 152 Cockpit - Pilot's instrument view
Cessna 152 Cockpit – Pilot’s instrument view
N733CP | Cessna 152 full cockpit view
Cessna 152 full cockpit view

11. What is the operation costs of the C152?

Operational costs for the Cessna 152: This includes fuel, oil, and replacement of things like spark plugs, filters, tires, and light bulbs. These costs remain fairly constant and can be estimated quite accurately. For example, an owner can easily divide the cost of fuel and oil by how much of each is required for each hour flown. The average operational cost for the Cessna 150 and 152 is between $40 and $50 per hour, largely dependent on the cost of fuel. (both aviation and car gasoline can be used with the appropriate approval.) The national average price of aviation fuel is ~$4.92. A Cessna 152 with the stock engine consumes about 6.1 gallons per hour, so the fuel cost is approximately $30 per hour.

12. How much does a 151 Cessna cost to buy?

Like cars, the sales prices of Cessna and 152s are determined by the airplane’s condition and how it is equipped. In 2021 the average sales price for a Cessna 152 in good condition is USD $35,000. Cessna 152s were slightly more valuable, with an average price of  USD $45,000. Airplanes with expensive radios, paint jobs, and/or larger horsepower engines typically sell in the USD $55,000USD $75,000 range. The market for these upgraded Cessna 150 and 152s is quite small because it’s possible to buy a low-budget 4 seat airplane for around USD $30,000.

While it is possible to find “deals” on a Cessna 150 or 152, the likelihood of buying an airplane in good condition for under USD $25,000 is very small. It is common to find Cessna 150s and 152’s on eBay or elsewhere for sale in the USD $20,000USD $30,000 range. These airplanes are often neglected or have engines that are close to overhauling. The cost of overhauling the engine in these airplanes can easily exceed USD $15,000, turning a USD $20,000 airplane into a USD $35,000 airplane, which is worth about USD $25,000.

13. What is the Cessna 152 Aerobat?

A Cessna 152 Aerobat is a Two-seat aerobatic-capable aircraft, 315 built. Certified for +6/-3 Gs and had standard four-point harnesses, skylights, and jettisonable doors, along with a checkerboard paint scheme and removable seat cushions to allow parachutes to be worn by the crew.

Cessna 152 VH-RYI 2 | Cessna 152 Aerobat VH-RYI taking off
Cessna 152 VH-RYI 2 | Cessna 152 Aerobat VH-RYI taking off

Type approved in 1977 and produced as 1978 to 1985 model years. The following aerobatic maneuvers are approved: chandelles, steep turns, barrel rolls, snap rolls, loops, vertical renversement, lazy eights, spins, aileron rolls, Immelmann turns, Cuban eights, and stalls (except whip stalls).

14. Cessna 152 Training and Pilot Operating Handbook (POH) PDF

The Cessna 152 and 172 are probably the most well-known flight training aircraft around the world. Their rugged and simple construction and ease of handling and easy Pilot Operating Handbook (POH) to read that have helped train generations of aviators. Most have gone through top-to-bottom overhauls at this point and have many new parts including engines and propellers. Its ease of maintenance is another big factor in its popularity.

The Cessna 152 was first introduced in 1977 and was built until 1985 with over 7000 being built. It was initially developed from the Cessna 150 as an improved version. It is a two-seat, high-wing, fixed-tricycle gear, single-engine aircraft equipped with a Lycoming O-235. It is a very versatile aircraft (Check the Cessna 152 IPC below for more information on parts and blueprints). There is even an aerobatic version, called the C-152A. Wayman Aviation uses it for unusual attitudes and upset recovery training.

Cessna 152 IPC 1978 – 1985 with Cessna 152 blueprint

Or you can explore our Aircraft and Aviation drawings and blueprints article. to explore the engineering drawing technics and drawing types, consider also exploring Engineering drawing views for more knowledge in this subject.

15. Cessna 152 in flight simulators

Flight simulators model designers are fully aware of the importance of the Cessna 152 as an easy aircraft for training, that’s why a lot of publishers seek to have their own model of the aircraft. A list of products in Just flight simulation market like the listed below are available in their store :

  • Carenado C152 II (for FS2004)
  • C152 (for Aerofly FS 2)
  • C152 (for X-Plane 11)
  • C152 (for FSX & P3D)

16. Cessna 152 specifications and preformance:

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: one passenger (plus two children not exceeding 120 lb (54 kg) on optional baggage compartment bench seat)
  • Length: 24 ft 1 in (7.34 m)
  • Wingspan: 33 ft 4 in (10.16 m)
  • Height: 8 ft 6 in (2.59 m)
  • Wing area: 160 sq ft (15 m2)
  • Empty weight: 1,081 lb (490 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1,670 lb (757 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming O-235-L2C flat-4 engine, 110 hp (82 kW)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed fixed pitch, 69-inch (180 cm) McCauley or 72-inch Sensenich propeller
Engine: 1978 CESSNA 152 1985 CESSNA 152
ModelLyc. O-235-L2CLyc. O-235-N2C
No. Cylinders44
Displacement235 cu. in.235 cu. in.
Carbureted Or Fuel InjectedCarburetedCarbureted
Fixed Pitch/ Constant Speed PropellerFixed PitchFixed Pitch
Fuel Capacity26 gallons
Long Range Tanks: 39 gallons
26 gallons
Long-range tanks:            39 gallons
Min. Octane Fuel100100
Weights and Capacities:  
Takeoff/Landing Weight Normal CategoryN/AN/A
Takeoff/Landing Weight Utility Category1,670 lbs.1,675 lbs.
Standard Empty Weight1,081 lbs.1,109 lbs.
Max. Useful Load Normal CategoryN/AN/A
Max. Useful Load Utility Category589 lbs.566 lbs.
Baggage Capacity120 lbs.120 lbs.
Oil Capacity7 quarts7 quarts
Do Not Exceed Speed149 KIAS149 KIAS
Max. Structural Cruising Speed111 KIAS111 KIAS
Stall Speed Clean48 Knots48 Knots
Stall Speed Landing Configuration43 Knots43 Knots
Climb Best Rate715 FPM715 FPM
Wing Loading10.5 lbs./sq. ft.10.5 lbs./sq. ft.
Power Loading15.2 lbs./hp15.5 lbs./hp
Service Ceiling14,700 ft14,700 ft.
Cessna 152 specification table

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