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Vol. 25, No. 4 | December 7, 2012 | Go to Charts


Bluebook Perspectives: Facing the Nation
Into the Blue: Aircraft Bluebook At-a-Glance, Cessna 152 Series
Ask Aircraft Bluebook: In the aircraft base average lines in the Bluebook we always see the “No Damage History” as a standard requirement, but if there is damage how does the Bluebook reflect this in terms of value?

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Aircraft Bluebook At-a-Glance - Cessna 152 Series

by Chris Reynolds, ASA | Aircraft Bluebook — Price Digest®

Aircraft Bluebook-Price Digest At-a-Glance has reviewed the current market status of the Cessna 152 series aircraft. Research for this study was obtained in part from Aircraft Bluebook, Aircraft Bluebook’s Historical Value Reference, the FAA’s registry web site and various trade publications.

According to FAA records, around 3,098 Cessna 152s are registered in the United States with 3,018 being 152s and 80 as A-152s. At the time of the writing of this article, over 50 various year models of the 152 series were for sale in the major aircraft trade publications, representing approximately 1.5% percent of the total registered fleet. While the Cessna 152 is a light two seat aircraft, it is not classified as a LSA (due to it exceeding the 1,320 pound Maximum Take Off Weight limit for LSAs).

Current offerings for Cessna 152s range in asking prices from $16,000 to $87,000 with the majority of pricing between $20,000 to $40,000. As expected, time, equipment and condition not only will impact the asking price, but selling price as well. The 152 has primarily been used as a training aircraft and thus most aircraft for sale are going to be high-time airframes. The average airframe time for an early 1970s - 1986 model is approximately 7,000 – 12,000 hours. Most will not be equipped with next generation avionics, but with the availability of inexpensive components modern upgrades can easily be accommodated, without significant modifications. The winter 2012 Aircraft Bluebook lists a 1985 Cessna 152B with a reported Average Retail price of $26,000.

Historical Values
A 1985 Cessna 152B, whose market values have been tracked since the first quarter of 1985 was reported new with a standard list price of $30,900 and an average equipped price of $45,345. Aircraft Bluebook-Price Digest’s Historical Value Reference has demonstrated the Cessna 152’s market value performance by quarter in the graph for this 1985 model.

Other historical values can be obtained at Aircraft Bluebook’s website,

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