Tuesday, December 16, 2008
CESSNA 150 “COMMUTER”/“AEROBAT”
|STANDARD DATA: (150) Seats 2. Gross wt. 1,600. Empty wt. 1,111. Fuel capacity 26-38. Engine 100-hp Teledyne Continental.
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 125. Cruise mph 123. Stall mph 48. Initial climb rate 670. Ceiling 14,000. Range 591-667. Takeoff distance (50') 1,385. Landing distance (50') 1,075.
STANDARD DATA: (Aerobat) Seats 2. Gross wt. 1,600. Empty wt. 1,093. Fuel capacity 26-38. Engine 100-hp Teledyne Continental.
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 124. Cruise mph 121. Stall mph 48. Initial climb rate 670. Ceiling 14,000. Range 385-656. Takeoff distance (50') 1,385. Landing distance (50) 1,075.
The Cessna 150 is one of the leading examples of the light civilian pilot trainer and personal aircraft. It is basically unchanged since it was introduced in 1959, and the only differences in model years are in minor styling, equipment, and accessories. As a trainer, it is very easy to learn to fly in and can be used in all stages of instruction from solo through instrument and commercial ratings. As a personal plane, it is limited by two seats in the normal arrangement, although there is quite ample baggage space. The three versions (standard, trainer, and commuter) vary only in deluxe extras. A pilot new to the Cessna 150 will find it as easy to handle as anything with wings. Its light weight makes it somewhat bouncy in rough air. There are no tricky characteristics, and recoveries from any attitude are gentle and steady. Operational costs are about the rock bottom of the price lists. As a new or used airplane, the Cessna is not topped in its class by another make or design as a good, general all-purpose light two-seater.
In 1970, Cessna introduced the Model A150K Acrobat, a 150 with structural changes to allow aerobatics.It is rated at +6G to -3G, which permits most standard acrobatic maneuvers such as snap rolls, barrel and aileron rolls, Cuban eights, loops, etc. Empty weight of the Aerobat is slightly higher than the standard 150, and speed is reduced by two mph.