Tuesday, December 16, 2008
CESSNA 152/152 “AEROBAT”
|STANDARD DATA: (152) Seats 2. Gross wt. 1,670. Empty wt. 1,107. Fuel capacity 26-39. Engine 110-hp Lycoming.
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 126. Cruise mph 123. Stall mph 49. Initial climb rate 715. Ceiling 14,700. Range 368-794. Takeoff distance (50') 1,340. Landing distance (50') 1,200.
STANDARD DATA: (Aerobat) Seats 2. Gross wt. 1,670 Empty wt. 1,135. Fuel capacity 26-39. Engine 110-hp Lycoming
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 125. Cruise mph 122. Stall mph 49. Initial climb rate 715. Ceiling 14,700. Range 362-788. Takeoff distance (50') 1,340. Landing distance (50) 1,200.
In 1978, Cessna Aircraft introduced a new training airplane to “replace” the Model 150 after a 19-year production run that amounted to almost 24,000 airplanes. Though to most eyes the new Model 152 still looked like the original 150, it was introduced with the intention of providing an airplane that burns 100-octane fuel with lower sound levels, better fuel consumption, and an increased payload. The Lycoming “Blue Streak” engine produces 110-hp at a low 2,500 rpm. Possibly the most remarkable improvement is the increase of the trainer’s maximum useful load by over 100 pounds to 589. With full fuel, the 152 has 433 pounds of payload for people, baggage, and/or accessories. Contributing to the impressive useful load is an unusable fuel quantity of only 1-1/2 gallons. Cessna’s 69-inch prop teams with the derated engine to produce more efficient climb and cruise performance at a reduced RPM.
The 152 Aerobat is also available. It meets requirements for aerobatic maneuvers of 6Gs positive and 3Gs negative load. The most recent improvements include a system that injects fuel evenly into all four cylinders for prompt ignition and even combustion. With the 152’s optional fuel tanks, it can cover 794 miles while traveling at 122 mph at 7,000 feet and carrying a useful load of 1,101 pounds. Cessna offered a training version for the first time in 1981; the Trainer included a package price for the most frequently ordered avionics and accessories for training purposes. Main gear tires are 15-6.00 x 6 to reduce frontal area and save weight.