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Model  History

The table below summarises the model history versus serial number and significant differences. The information is compiled from the type data certification summaries (TDC) and the technical information in the Cessna maintenance, parts manuals, and operating handbooks.

Models within the Series

All models of C152, those manufactured in Wichita by Cessna, and those manufactured or assembled under contract by Reims, both the aerobat and non aerobat versions are designated by ICAO as a ‘C152′. The model designators listed below are the names the manufacturer has given to distinguish the different variants within the type series.

The C152  has only four model  variants:

  •               C152, the Cessna  152  –  standard  model;
  •             A152, the Cessna  152 Aerobat,  (sometimes called  a  C152A);
  •             F152, the  Reims Cessna  152;
  •              FA152, the  Reims Cessna  152 Aerobat,  (sometimes called  a  F152A).

There was no deviation in the model designator throughout the years of manufacturer.

Aerobat models all  have the following  additional  features:

  •                Strengthened  main  and  tail  spars and  attachments;
  •              Viewing  ports  (windows)  overhead  the  pilot/co-pilot seats;
  •              Quick release cabin  doors;
  •              Full  aerobatic harnesses;
  •             G-meter,  and  airframe  ‘g’  limits increased  to  +4,  -2;
  •             Removable  seat cushions to facilitate  a  seat  pack or backpack type parachute.

Asides from these additional features, the construction of the Aerobat is the same as the basic model for the respective year.

The C152 II and the C152T are not different models or type variants, but purchase options which were provided with the basic C152.

The C152II had additional avionics for instrument navigation, and additional interior finishes, resulting in a higher basic weight.

The C152T was an options package tailored specifically for sales to flight schools

Model Versus Serial  Number Modifications History

Model Serial

Numbers

Summary of Main Changes
1978    
CI 52 15279406-

15282031

Lycoming  0-235-L2C  engine  rated  at  110  HP,  28  volt

electrical  system,  30  degrees flap,  a  fuel  capacity of 37.5

or 24.5  US  gallons  usable,  McCauley  propeller,  gross

weight  1670  lbs.

Aileron  droop  rigged  approximately  1  degree  down,

commencing  serial  numbers  15279474, A1520737,

F15201429,and  FA1520337.

Aileron  direct and  carry through  cable turnbuckles shifted

from  right wing  to  above  headliner,  from  serial  numbers

15281427, A1520786,  F1521539,  and  FA1520353.

Beginning  with  15279630,  F15201529,  A1520742,

FA1520348,the  left  hand  cap  is  no  longer vented,  only the

right cap  is vented.

F152 F15201449-

F15201528

A152 A1500433,

A1520735-

A1520808

FA 152 FA1520337-

FA1520347

1979    
CI 52 15282032-

15283591

Minor modifications to  instrument panel  layout.

Exhaust gas temperature  (EGT)  indicator fitted.

Right  magneto  changed  to the  Slick 4052 type  magneto

to  match the  left,  providing  impulse couplings on  both

magnetos to  improve  starting.

Modified  engine  primer lines for more  effective  priming.

Alternator Voltage  Regulator replaced  by Alternator

Control  Unit (ACU),  and  HIGH  VOLTAGE  light replaced  by

a  LOW VOLTAGE  light.

Ignition  harness changed  from  the  right magento  firing  all

bottom  plugs and  left all  top  plugs, to the  right magneto

firing  bottom  right and  top  left plugs,  and  the  left bottom

left and  top  right plugs, for improved  performance  and

redundancy.

Throttle,  mixture,  and  propeller control  cable ends

changed  from  ball  bearing-type to  a  pre-drilled  bolt,

washers castellated  nut,  and  a  cotter pin.

Light switch  added to  dome  light console and  light switch

for map  light added  at door pillar post.Rear view  mirror in

glareshield  removed.

Beginning  with Aircraft  15283092  on.  and

A1520853  &. on,  a  Prestolite  Slower Turning  starter is

installed  to  improve starting  characteristics.

Clock changed  to  digital.

Brake  cylinder redesigned,  improving  overhaul times.

Wheel  fairings were  not split from  1979,  requiring  main

wheel  disassembly for removal,  replacements are  split.

F152 F15201529-

F15201673

A152 681,

A1520809-

A1520878

FA 152 FA1520348-

FA1520357

 

Model Serial Numbers Significant Changes and  Features
1980    
CI 52 15283592-

15284541

Accelerator pump  incorporated  in  carburettor.

Modified  windshield  defrosters.

Modified  battery  installation,  eliminating  battery  box.

Carb.  heat source  changed  from  the  muffler to  a

shroud  at  #4  cylinder,  beginning  withl5284899,

F15201894,  A1520971  and  FA1520378.

Simulated  wood  instrument panels  introduced.

Magneto  changed  from  Slick 4052 to  Slick 42181  at

serial  numbers  15284028  and  A1520915.

F152 F15201674-

F15201808

A152 A1520879-

A1520948

FA 152 FA1520358-

FA1520372

1981    
CI 52 15284542-

15285161

Spin-on  oil  filter now  standard.

Larger capacity  battery contactor to  reduce  ‘welding’

occurrences.

Integral  intercom  standard  in trainer purchase

options  (C152T),  optional  on  other versions.

Avionics cooling  fan  introduced.

Modified  vertical  fin  and  horizontal  stabilizer

attachment.

Modified  vacuum  system.

Modified  bus  bar.

Cabin  door latch  system  altered  at serial  numbers

15284730  and A1520961  to  include a  ball  and  spring

plate.

Interior vents changed  at serial  numbers  15284924,

F15201894,  A1520972,  and  FA1520378, to  provide

better access and  more  air supply.

F152 F15201809-

F15201893

A152 A1520949-

A1520983

FA 152 FA1520373-

FA1520377

1982    
CI 52 15285162-

15285594

Additional  fuel  quick drain  in  belly  below fuel

selector.

White toggle  switches for avionics equipment

introduced.

On  models with  optional  navigational  equipment, the

“Bow-tie” glideslope  antenna  was eliminated,  and  an

antenna  coupler is  utilized to  allow the  nav  receiver

to  receive  glideslope signals.

Wing  root air vents are  made smaller to  allow for

better sealing.

F152 F15201894-

F15201928

A152 A1520984-

A1521014

FA 152 FA1520378-

FA1520382

1983    
CI 52 15285595-

15285833

Engine changed  to  Lycoming  0-235-N2C,  108  HP to

address  lead  fouling  problems.

 

Model Serial Numbers Significant Changes and  Features
F152 F15201929-

F15201943

Avionics cooling  fan  improved.

Vacuum  system  includes low-vacuum  warning  light.

Gyro  instrument  installation  redesigned to  allow

removal  of gyro  instruments from  the front of the

panel.

A152 A1521015-

A1521025

FA 152 FA1520383-

FA1520387

1984    
CI 52 15285834-

15285939

Landing  and  taxi  light wing  mounted.
F152 F15201944-

F15201952

A152 A1521026-

A1521027

1985    
CI 52 15285940-

15286033

Aileron  hinge changed  at serial  number  1525916  and

A1521028.

F152 F15201953-

F15201965

A152 A1521028-

A1521049

FA 152 FA1520388-

FA1520415

FA 152 FA1520416-

FA1520425

These serial  numbers  are  listed  by the  manufacturer

as  produced  in  1986,  however all  type certifiation

information  refer to  production  ceasing  in  1985.  It

can  be  assumed  no  changes were  made and  the

models were  registered  as  1985  builds.

Common  Modifications

There are a large number of Supplemental Type Certificates issued by the FAA for modifications to the C152. The following lists some of the more commonly found.

Engine/Propeller  Modifications

The ‘Sparrowhawk’ 125hp engine with Sensenich propeller is available from AirMods Inc. The installation includes a top overhaul, that is, larger pistons, and a modified propeller and spinner. The modifications can be done together or separately, as the engine and propeller upgrades are much more economic if completed with the routine overhaul schedules on each. The Sensenich propeller comes in three pitch options, which are an important consideration, as a climb pitch will disappoint by D. Bruckert & O. Roud © 2004 Page 11 CESSNA 152 TRAINING MANUAL someone upgrading for speed, and likewise a cruise pitch, even with the higher horsepower may perform worse than a standard installation in the climb.

Lycoming 0320 and 0360 engine installations are available, providing increases in power to 150hp or 180hp, 0&.N Aircraft Technologies has one of the most popular options for this upgrade.

Note, on non-aerobat models, engine upgrades may impose restrictions on spinning because of the modified lift-weight couple. This may be of importance if looking at purchasing an aircraft or installing the upgrade for use in a flight school.

Tail  Wheel

It is possible to convert the tricycle landing gear to a tail wheel version, providing shorter landing and takeoff distances and the more streamlined profile improves cruise speed. Many existing examples of this conversion can be found. A tailwheel conversion involves strengthening of the fuselage and tail area for the new gear positions, removal of the nose wheel, alteration of the main gear, and addition of the tail wheel.

One of the most popular tail wheel conversions fitted to the C152 is the Texas Taildragger kit, from Aircraft Conversion Technologies, although they are no longer in operation which may cause problems with maintenance on existing installations. Tail wheel conversions are also available from Bush Conversions.

STOL  and  Speed  Kits

Various STOL and speed kits are available, including the wing tip modifications, leading edge modifications, flap gaps seals, vortex generator (VG) kits, fairing and cowl modifications, and wing fences. One of the more common STOL kits is the Norton STOL, including wing tip fences, leading edge modifications and drooping wing tips, all acting to reduce stall speed, and reducing takeoff and landing speeds and thus distances.

Door  Latch  Modifications

Many door catch modifications are available to replace the pull to close type which often fail with wear resulting in poor closing and latching.

Note, door latch modifications that lock may not be applicable to Aerobats since they can operate in conflict with the quick release door hinges.

Fuel  Modifications

Various fuel system modifications are available, including conversions to auto-fuel, auxiliary fuel tanks, additional sump (belly) drains and modified gascolators for removing water from the fuel system.

One of the most common auxiliary fuel tank modification is available from 0&.N Aircraft Modifications, providing 14 US gallons additional fuel, and featuring a baggage compartment tank with a transfer pump connected to the right wing. The Texas Ranger Fuel Tanks from Aircraft Conversion Technologies provide an additional 7USG per tank.

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