This 1978 Cessna 152 II Is an economical ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

This compact two-seater is easy to live with as a personal aircraft or trainer.

Cessna’s 152 is a solid training, time-building and commuting aircraft. {Courtesy:]

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People like to make jokes and disparaging comments about the Cessna 152, until they train in it. The small two-seater arguably is just the right size and has the right characteristics for training missions. Economical and forgiving to fly, the 152 and its 150 predecessor opened the door to flight training for thousands of pilots.

After finishing college, I took my first round of flying lessons in a 152 II much like the one for sale here—same year, similar paint scheme. Its small size and leisurely speed made it surprisingly relaxing to fly, especially for a new student. Because everything happened slowly, it was easier to do just about everything, from controlling the takeoff run and performing basic maneuvers to lining up with the runway and timing the flare properly. Years later, when I resumed training in Citabrias and 172s, I found all of those things more difficult.

This 1978 Cessna 152 II has 9,520 hours on the airframe and 1,890 on its Lycoming O-235 engine. The panel includes a Sperry RT 385A digital nav/com, Sperry R 359A transponder and ADS-B In and Out. Other features include shoulder harnesses, wheel pant adaptors, 24-volt electrical system, and recent new windows and tires. 

Pilots looking for an ideal training or time-building aircraft or simple, economical airborne transportation should consider this 1978 Cessna 152 II, which is available for $42,500 on AircraftForSale.  

You can arrange financing of the aircraft through FLYING Finance. For more information, email

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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