This 1972 Cessna 150L Is a Rugged, Versatile ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

A legendary trainer, the Cessna 150 makes a sensible personal aircraft for individuals and couples.

A Cessna 150 with a classic paint scheme has vintage appeal. [Courtesy: Hiller Aviation Brokerage & Consulting]

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A friend at my home airport said he flies a Cessna 150 because it carries him and his girlfriend on the day trips they enjoy, is extremely economical to operate, and is faster than the 1940s Aeronca Champ he owned previously. A career fisherman in Maine whom I have known for many years used a 150 for fish spotting because it was “the cheapest way to get airborne.” Another friend owned one while he built time for his instrument and commercial ratings, and for the insurance company’s requirements.

These anecdotes are testimony to how versatile the 150 can be. It’s a wonderful trainer, but I think it is really more of a personal airplane for solo flying or getaways with that one special person for whom you feel great affection. You are almost certain to rub shoulders with your passenger in its snug cabin. It is not a particularly fast airplane, but it can still get you to distant destinations much sooner than you would arrive in the car.  

This 1972 Cessna 150L has 5,795 hours on the airframe and 275 hours on its Continental O-200A engine and McCauley propeller. The panel includes a Garmin Aera 660 touchscreen GPS, Garmin 335 ADS-B capable transponder, and VAL digital com. Additional equipment and features include a Zeftronics voltage regulator, auto gas STC, and oil pan heater. Useful load is 505 pounds.

Pilots looking for a rugged, reliable, and economical personal aircraft for commuting, training, time-building or travel should consider this 1972 Cessna 150L, which is available for $42,000 on AircraftForSale.

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Jonathan Welsh is a private pilot who worked as a reporter, editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal for 21 years, mostly covering the auto industry. His passion for aviation began in childhood with balsa-wood gliders his aunt would buy for him at the corner store. Follow Jonathan on Twitter @JonathanWelsh4

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