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Cessna CE-150

 Reims Cessna F.150

 

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In 1957 the model 140 jigs (last used in 1953) were renovated and used for a new tricycle undercarriage trainer, the model 150.


Available from 1959 the early model 150s had aluminum tail cones that slope uninterrupted from the wings to the base of their squared tails, and were powered by an 80 hp / 75kW Continental O-200 engine, the installation of dual controls being optional.


The airplane was sold in three different versions (standard, trainer, and commuter varying  only in deluxe extras), the most elaborate of which, the Commuter, listed for $8,545 in 1959.


Just over 2,000 square-tails were built 1959 to 1963. At 1,500 pounds, the square-tails grossed out 100 pounds lighter than later models. Those 150s cruised faster and farther, climbed better and flew higher than their progeny. In 1961 the main gear was shifted aft two inches, thereby solving an earlier tail heaviness on the ground.


The 1964 model marked the beginnings of cosmetic refinements. The 150 now offered "Omni-Vision" as the CE-150D. The airplane's tail cone was cut down and a rear window was added. The gross weight rose to 1,600 pounds, increasing the useful load by 80 pounds and the luggage compartment capacity by 40 pounds - to 120. Accompanying performance changes were lowered speeds, ranges and ceilings. Retaining the vertical tail surfaces of the earlier models this, the rarest of all the 150s, was built for only two years.


Two years later, Cessna increased their trainer production five fold, and 150 prices decreased by 10 percent. Electric flaps were added, and the tail was swept back with the introduction of the CE-150F. According to some mechanics, workmanship on the new, cheaper model was sloppy, so that 1966 airplanes require more maintenance. By the next model-year, the maintenance problems had been solved, and the panel was redesigned to group the primary instruments in front of the pilot. The top of the panel was squared off, thereby increasing visibility. That airplane was listed for $9,950 in 1967.

 

CE-150H-2
Cessna C-150H

 

In 1970, Cessna introduced the Model A150K Acrobat, a 150 with structural changes to allow aerobatics. It is rated at +6G to -3G, which permits most  standard acrobatic maneuvers such as snap rolls, barrel and aileron rolls, Cuban eights, loops, etc. Empty weight of the Aerobat is slightly higher than the standard 150, and speed is reduced by two mph. Total production struggled to reach 1200.


Since then the changes have been largely cosmetic with new spinner, wheel fairings, dorsal fins, and engine types. Identified as models l50F to 150M, built until 1977 and the introduction of the model 152.

 

CE-150H-1
Cessna C-150H

 

The 150's 100-hp Continental 0-200-A had an original TBO of only 600 hours, but that number had doubled by 1964 and tripled by 1969.


Production at Wichita was boosted by licence production in France, Colombia, and Argentina. All French Rheims built CE-150s had the 130hp Rolls-Rotce Continental engine fitted as standard.


Production began in August 1958 and by the time it ended during 1977 a total of 23,836 had been built, this figure including 1,754 built in France by Reims Aviation under the designation Reims F-150.

 

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CE-150
Engine: 1 x Continental O-200-A, 100 hp.
Wing loading: 10.2 lb/sq.ft.
Pwr loading: 16 lb/hp.
Gross wt: 1600 lb.
Empty wt: 1000 lb.
Equipped useful load: 554 lb.
Payload max fuel: 344 lb.
Range max fuel/75% pwr: 579nm/5.5hr.
Range max fuel / 55% pwr: 734 nm/ 7.7 hr.
Service ceiling: 14,000 ft.
75% cruise: 105 kt.
55% cruise: 96 kt.
Stall: 42-46 kt.
1.3 Vso: 55 kt.
ROC: 670 fpm.
Min field length: 1385 ft.
Fuel cap: 135/210 lb.
Seats: 2.

CE-150 Commuter
Engine: 1 x Continental O-200-A, 100 hp.
Wing loading: 10 lb/sq.ft.
Pwr loading: 16 lb/hp.
Gross wt: 1600 lb.
Empty wt: 1104 lb.
Equipped useful load: 480 lb.
Payload max fuel: 270 lb.
Range max fuel/75% pwr: 584nm/5.5hr.
Range max fuel / 55% pwr: 742 nm/ 7.7 hr.
Service ceiling: 14,000 ft.
75% cruise: 106 kt.
55% cruise: 97 kt.
Stall: 42-46 kt.
1.3 Vso: 55 kt.
ROC: 670 fpm.
Min field length: 1385 ft.
Fuel cap: 135/210 lb.
Seats: 2.

CE-A150 Aerobat
Engine: 1 x Continental O-200-A, 100 hp.
Seats: 2.
Wing loading: 10.2 lb/sq.ft.
Pwr loading: 16 lb/hp.
Gross wt: 1600 lb.
Empty wt: 1076 lb.
Equipped useful load: 478 lb.
Payload max fuel: 268 lb.
Range max fuel/75% pwr: 579nm/5.5hr.
Range max fuel / 55% pwr: 734 nm/ 7.7 hr.
Service ceiling: 14,000 ft.
75% cruise: 105 kt.
55% cruise: 96 kt.
Stall: 42-46 kt.
1.3 Vso: 55 kt.
ROC: 670 fpm.
Min field length: 1385 ft.
Fuel cap: 135/210 lb.

CE-A150L Aerobat
Engine: Continental O-200A, 100 hp.
Prop: McCauley 69 in.
Pwr loading: 16.0 lb/hp.
Wing span: 33 ft 4 in.
Wing area: 156.9 sq.ft.
Wing loading: 10.2 lb/sq.ft.
Length: 23 ft 9 in.
Height: 8 ft. 0 in.
Seats: 2.
Baggage cap: 120 lbs.
Category: Normal / Utility / Aerobatic.
Max wt (aerobatic): 1600 lbs.
Empty wt: 1040 lbs.
Fuel cap: (std) 26 USG, (Optional aux): 38 USG.
Max cruise: 140 mph.
Maneuvering speed: 118 mph.
Stall: 48-55 mph.
T/O dist: 735 ft, (50 ft: 1385 ft).
Ldg dist: 445 ft (50 ft: 1075 ft).
ROC: 670 fpm.
Service ceiling: 14,000 ft.
Endurance / Range: (std fuel) 6.1 hr / 580 sm, (Optional aux fuel) 9.4 hr / 900 sm.
Design load: +6 / -3 G.

CE-A150M Aerobat
Engine: Continental O-200-A.

Reims Cessna F.150 Commuter

Reims Cessna F.150L

Reims Cessna FRA.150L

FRA 150L Aerobat
Engine: RR-Continental, 130 hp.  
Cruise: 100 kt.

Reims Cessna F.150M

CE-150F/150
Engine: Lycoming O-320-E2D, 150 hp.
Cruise: 110 kts.
Stall: 27 kts.
ROC: 1100 fpm.
T/O dist: 110m.

Avcon CE-150 & Aerobat
Engines: 1 x Lycoming O-320-E2D, 150 hp.
Seats: 2.
Wing loading: 10.2 lb/sq.ft.
Pwr loading: 10.7 lb/lb.
Max TO wt: 1600 lb.
Empty wt: 1005 lb.
Equipped useful load: 560 lb.
Payload max fuel: 425 lb.
Range max fuel/ 75% cruise: 384 nm/2.4 hr.
Service ceiling: 20,600 ft.
75% cruise: 124 kt.
Stall: 42-48 kt.
1.3 Vso: 55 kt.
ROC: 1125 fpm.
Min field length: 350 ft.
Fuel cap: 135 lb.

 


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