The Cessna 152 Technical Specifications

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Technical drawing of the 152 as seen from the front.

Below you will find technical drawings and some specifications from the Pilot Operating Handbook for the 1982 Cessna 152. The aircraft's Performance data is on a separate page.

Engine The Cessna 152 comes with a 4-cylinder Lycoming engine that can spit out about 110 Brake Horsepower at 2550 RPM at sea level. Of course, as you climb this changes as the air gets thinner.
Fuel This plane can be fed with a variety of gasolines, ranging from plain auto fuel to designated aviation fuels. The 152 has a choice of two types of fuel tank for short and long range. The long range tank, which takes 37.5 gallons maximum usable fuel, is preferable to the smaller tank, which takes 24.5 gallons, because you always have the option of taking less fuel in the larger tank if weight is a priority. Go to Endurance to see how far you can go with a full tank of gas.
Empty Weight A 152 in a standard configuration weighs about 500kg (1100 lbs). When fuel and some fancy avionics are added, this can be raised to 600kg (1350 lbs)
Useful Load How much a plane can carry depends on the weight of its total load. The more fuel you take on, the fewer the passengers and the amount of baggage allowable. Usually you won't be able to take a full tank of fuel if you are carrying a passenger, but with a normal-sized pilot and a few bags, carrying a full tank should be fine. Anyway, before each flight the pilot should always calculate the plane's center of gravity and its total weight to make sure it is within the legal limits.

The maximum allowable load for most 152's, including the weight of the pilot, the fuel, any passengers and luggage, is about 230 kg (520 lbs)

Drawing of the 152 as seen from above.


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