Cessna Flyer Q&A: 152 Performance Mods, Whistle Slots and New Flying Ideas

Written by Steve Ells
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May 2014- Q: Dear Steve,

I am the happy owner of a Cessna 152. I bought my 152 to train in at the recommendation of my uncle, a very experienced pilot. He told me that it’s easier to train if I used the same airplane throughout my training.

I found that advice helpful—for two reasons, really. First I didn’t have to try to schedule my airplane use around other students, and I got to know the airplane I was training in. My uncle also assured me that if I bought a “good” 152 and wanted to upgrade to a faster or bigger airplane, the 152 would be easy to sell.

I have completed my private pilot training and am considering keeping my 152. But I’d like a little more performance. Do you know of any upgrades that would boost its performance and increase the useful load?

—Two-place Tom

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