Cessna 150


The 150 is an all-metal, tricycle-gear airplane introduced by Cessna Aircraft Company in 1959. “The airplane was available in four different versions: Standard, Trainer, Commuter, and Patroller. Cockpit appointments were the major difference between the Standard and the Trainer. The Commuter was even nicer and came standard with wheel fairings.

Cessna promoted the 150 as the “world’s premier trainer” and borrowed many of the design characteristics from tailwheel Cessna models 120 and 140. Some of the 150’s design improvements included side-by-side seating to facilitate instruction and tricycle landing gear for easier ground handling and landings. By the time the Cessna 152 replaced the 150 in 1978, more than 22,000 Model 150 airplanes had been manufactured.

The first C-150s came off the production line with a 100-hp Continental O-200 engine. Over the years, the 150 experienced a number of modifications, some dramatic. In 1961, the main gear struts were moved aft two inches to improve tail-heavy tendencies on the ground, and tubular gear legs with a wider track were added in 1971. The baggage area was enlarged several times, and by the end of production, the 150 had more space than load capacity. A back window improved visibility in 1964, and appearance was enhanced by a swept tail in 1966. The gross weight was increased from 1,500 pounds to 1,600 pounds in 1964, and to 1,670 in 1978. Electric flaps of 40 degrees were installed in 1966; travel was later limited to 30°.

Sighting the density altitude problem up here in Johannesburg. The aircraft has been modified with a 150-horsepower engine boosting the performance.

Aircraft Details

Length: 23’9” | 7.24 m
Wingspan: 33’4” | 10.16 m
Tail Height: 8’ | 2.44 m
Tail Span: 10’ | 3.048 m
Cabin Width: 3’2” | 1.2 m
Landing Gear: 7’ | 2.134 m
Engine: Single
Seats: 2

Aircraft Weight

Basic Empty Weight: 1060 lbs
Maximum takeoff weight: 1600 lbs


Ground Roll: 735 ft
Over 50 ft Obstacle: 1385 ft

Aircraft Weight

Engine – Lycoming 0-320-H2AD 160 HP air cooled four cylinders
Oil Capacity – 6 Litres
Total Fuel Capacity – 188 Litres
Fuel Consumption – 30 Litres / Hour


Ground Roll 445 ft
Over 50 ft Obstacle: 1075 ft

Rate of Climb: 670 fpm
Ceiling: 12650 ft


Cruise TAS – 110 Kt
Stall Speed Vso – 42 kt
Best Angle of Climb – 59 Kt
Best Rate of Climb – 73 Kt
Cruise Climb – 80 Kt
Approach Speed – 65 Kt
Max. Crosswind – 15 Kt
Glide Speed – 65 Kt
VFE – 85 Kt
VNE – 160 Kt

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