Used Aircraft Guide

December 2007 Issue

Used Aircraft Guide: Cessna 152

The most refined version of Cessna’s two-seaters, the 152 still offers an economical way to get airborne. No other trainer has beaten it yet.

If any airplane can be considered economical, the Cessna 152 probably makes the cut. A "modernized" version of the Cessna 150, the 152 was first delivered in 1977 as a 1978 model and quickly found its way into training and rental fleets around the world. But its production run ended a short eight years later when the bottom fell out of Cessna’s piston-aircraft market in 1985 and all production ceased. Although Cessna restarted piston-aircraft production in 1996, the 152 wasn’t part of that revival. Over its eight years of production, 7584 examples of the 152, including A152 Aerobat and French-made Reims Aviation variants, were built. Today, the FAA shows more than 3800 copies presently wearing an N-number; many others are overseas, soldiering on alongside competing contemporaries from Piper (the PA-38-112 Tomahawk) and Beech (the Model 77 Skipper).

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