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Please help me find an airplane for my wife.

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Hi,

My wife has started flying power planes again and now she wants to buy a Cessna 150 or 152 to build up some time and confidence before moving into something a little more interesting.

If anyone has a lead or advice on buying a decent Cessna 150 or 152 please drop me an email.

One major obstacle is that she stand 4'-11" and can't reach the pedals/brakes in most airplanes. A stock Cessna 150/152 will for her. Any other recommended aircraft, advice or suggestions on this matter would be appreciated too.

Thanks,
Glenn

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a good old light straight tail 150. straight tails fly better........ mine was a 1960 and the seat back could move forward possibly enough. if not Oregon aero makes nice cushions just for that purpose.
 

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A stock Cessna 150 is one of the few planes that we've found that will for her.
 
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She might be able to reach in a Luscombe -- I decided against getting one since the pedals were too close for me. Of course, it fit about the same as the Champ, just the Champ has tandem seating, and the side-by-side seating in the Luscombe was my real problem. We've already established that she won't be able to hit the pedals in the Champ, so a Luscombe may still be too long.
 

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We need to stock with nosedraggers for the time being.
 
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C-150's of any flavor are the best buy in aviation right now. Thinking of getting one myself.
 

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Hmm.. If I was getting a 150/152 I'd buy an Aerobat. At least you could do an occasional roll...
 

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C-150's of any flavor are the best buy in aviation right now. Thinking of getting one myself.

I've found a few C-150s with over 10,000 hours on the airframe. How long do the airframes last?

Any more tips on what constitutes a good buy on the C-150's?

The O-200 has an 1800 hr TBO. Do they usually make it that long?

Poplar Grove Airmotive quoted an engine overhaul with accessories (no camshaft replacement) at $21,000. That's more than these planes are selling for. Sound like I'm buying an engine that just happens to come with an airplane attached to it.
 
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I've found a few C-150s with over 10,000 hours on the airframe. How long do the airframes last?


usually until someone wrecks it......



Any more tips on what constitutes a good buy on the C-150's?


mid time engine. low time will drive price up, mid time will run for as long as she will need it, high time cheaper but could cause issues.....

The O-200 has an 1800 hr TBO. Do they usually make it that long?


mine did. the reality is she will probably only fly it for 100 hrs or so and then want something more fun or more mission specific to start training in.....

Poplar Grove Airmotive quoted an engine overhaul with accessories (no camshaft replacement) at $21,000. That's more than these planes are selling for. Sound like I'm buying an engine that just happens to come with an airplane attached to it.


that's just about the case for most lower end GA airplanes right now.

see above
 
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I've found a few C-150s with over 10,000 hours on the airframe. How long do the airframes last?

Any more tips on what constitutes a good buy on the C-150's?

The O-200 has an 1800 hr TBO. Do they usually make it that long?

Poplar Grove Airmotive quoted an engine overhaul with accessories (no camshaft replacement) at $21,000. That's more than these planes are selling for. Sound like I'm buying an engine that just happens to come with an airplane attached to it.
They made so many of them you don't have to bother with the worn out airframes. Get used to pulling cylinders once in a while on small continentals. Yes, overhaul on an O-200 will give you a heart murmur.

Edit: If you haven't already discovered it the C150/152 folks have a good type club. Plenty of knowledge for a membership. I never got used to saying 152 because I'm old. My favorite is the 64/65 straight tail. My dad bought new 64's for his pipeline patrol business. Cessna built them with long range tanks, higher amp electrical system, patroller doors and single controls. Manual flaps rock on those early C150's.
 
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My favorites are my J-3 and Cessna 140..... Both are more fun than a 150.
the J-3 gets flown the most but is slow. The 140 cruises about 115mph with the O-200.
Unless you get her a Breezy, that one is fun too :)
 

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I would go with the Cessna 152. Better resale value and I think the Lyc O-235 has a longer TBO than the Cont O-200.
Buy a best low time engine 152 with nothing to be done to it. Fly it until you have reached it purpose then sell it for about the same price you bought it for.
 

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she would fit fine in my baby ace!
 

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Find one with 150 HP's. I had one and loved it. 135 cruise on a climb prop.
 

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I think it's terrific you are getting your wife a plane. Now that's a GIFT.
 

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