The Cessna 150 is a two-seat tricycle gear general aviation airplane that was designed for flight training, touring and personal use. In 1977 it was succeeded in production by the Cessna 152, a minor modification to the original design. Special Features Version 1.2 Full FSX, P3D v2, v3, v4, and Steam compatible. Updatable database – AIRAC cycle 1601 (January 2016) included. Optional Winglets. On the interior of the Cessna C152 II doors, the pilot’s window, glove compartment, and fresh air control are all animated and allow control from the pilot. The ashtray of this plane is an animated! On the dash of the Cessna. Our Cessna 150 Commuter is very popular in the X-Plane community because it is the perfect GA trainer. It comes with two different panel options - the Trainer panel is perfect for students or those who simply want to fly with basic navigation. The Commuter panel adds DME, ADF and an authentic Cessna 300A. Select ‘Cessna’ from the Manufacturer drop-down and choose one of the schemes. Tick the ‘Show all variations’ box to see all the available paint schemes. Updates Updates to the product will.
Documentation consists of seven items, which include a checklist and reference card. Both of these items are in PDF format and definitely worth looking at. The other documents contained within the aircraft folder cover areas such as recommended settings, copyright, plugin information and credits. It would have been nice to have seen some documentation cover the history of the aircraft, but there was none. This is a shame, as I feel it would added to the enjoyment of the aircraft.
The Cessna 152 is never going to be your most lively steed (think of her more as a willing donkey, rather than an Italian stallion) and if you have your expectations adjusted accordingly, then you won't be disappointed. On the contrary (as mentioned earlier) one of her strengths in some ways is in fact her lack of speed, as she enables you to perform aircraft operations without becoming flustered.
Lining up on the active, and with all necessary communication established, you're ready to take to the air. With throttle fully open and with 10 degrees of flap, you're rolling down the runway. Upon reaching 50 KIAS, you start to lift the nose. At just over 65 KIAS you've left terra ferma and with flaps retracted, you find yourself climbing out at incredible 70 KIAS. The little 110 hp Lycoming engine has a hard time propelling the 800 kg aircraft into the air, so climb speed is adjusted accordingly and settles down to around 650 feet per minute.
At just over 3000 feet, mixture is leaned back and throttle reduced to around 2100 RPM. This is where you can now start to relax (to an extent) and enjoy the view. Visibility is good in the Cessna and the high wing configuration of the Cessna enables you to take in the scenery below without the obstructions a low winged aircraft might present. Manoeuvrability of the little aircraft is, on the whole, very good, with turns being performed in a safe and leisurely manner. At no time did I feel that she was getting ahead of me.
Cessna 150 Carenado Fs2004
When it comes to power off stalls, you'll find that she'll start to dip her left wing at around 45 KIAS. There is a slight vibration beforehand to give you prior warning of the impending stall, but once the left wing has dipped, increasing the power gently and pulling back on the stick, brings you back to level flight again. It's this kind of forgiving character which favors the Cessna as a learning tool.
With the short flight almost at an end, it's time to head back home. On the approach, set for full flaps and slow to 55 KIAS. Once over the threshold, slowly throttle back whilst maintaining 55 KIAS and flare. If you're lucky (something I rarely am) you should touch down with a minimum of float. Once down, retract the flaps and apply the brakes.
I've owned Carenado's Cessna 152 for just over a year now and have followed the aircraft through its numerous updates, and I must say, that she is a most satisfying and pleasing aircraft to own. I'd even go as far as saying that it's been this aircraft, more than any other, which has taught me the basics of flight and navigation.
She looks good, flies within the numbers and doesn't perform too much of a hit in regards to system resources. If you can run X-Plane 9 or 10 at acceptable frame rates, then the Cessna, won't really change that.
Cessna 150 Cockpit
If I could choose things which could be improved on, then I'd say that documentation could have had a bit more weight, especially in regards to the history of he aircraft. Also, for the life of me, I just couldn't get those wheel fairings off. Maybe it was my system, but anyhow, it didn't detract at all from my overall enjoyment of such an incredible detailed and enjoyable aircraft.
If you're looking for an aircraft to learn the basics of flight, tune your skills, or just to fly and enjoy the scenery, then you couldn't go far wrong with the Cessna 152 by Carenado. You never know, she might just turn out to be your new best friend.
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