Carenado C152 II
For FSX (Reviewed) and FS2004, published by Just Flight
Reviewed by Edward Longe
January 2010

The Cessna 152
Since its first delivery in 1977, Cessna have built more than 7,500 aircraft. Built to compete with the Piper Tomahawk and Beechcraft Skipper the Cessna 152 became an instant hit with flying schools and clubs. It is worth noting that only 312 Skippers and 2,484 Tomahawks' were made, only a fraction of Cessna's output. This gives the idea that the C152 was a sensation with flying organisations. Sadly, in 1984 Cessna stopped production of the C152 but it remains a favourite of many a pilot.

Today, many C152 are still in service with civilian and military operators. With a cruise speed of 90knots and a ceiling of 14,700ft it is easy to see why the C152 still remains in service 26 years after Cessna stopped production. In 2007 Cessna announced the development on the C162 which is hoped will succeed the C152.

I downloaded the Carenado C152 from Just Flight, with a download size of 41mb, the download was fast and efficient.  Not long ago, Just Flight introduced a new unlock system which makes unlock codes obsolete. All you have to do is enter your account email address and password and you have instantly unlocked the product, a great improvement.

The actual installation itself was just as simple. All you have to do is confirm that the files are going to the correct place in the default FSX folder and click next. After installing the product it's time to have some fun!

Flying the C152
After installing the C152, I found it difficult to locate the aircraft but it is resolved by selecting Carenado in the aircraft manufacturer drop-down menu.  Below you can se the variations offered.

Flight dynamics
Carenado say that their C152 was developed with real world data and the help of pilots. And I have to believe they did. The accuracy is second to none and as I am training in the C152 so I understand how it should feel. I used to fly the Just Flight C152 that came with Flying Club X but, for me, that has some performance issues which Carenado's model doesn't. The aircraft even begins to rotate as you approach 55 knots, this is accurate to real world operations.

2D Cockpit
This is the area where Carenado lose marks for me. Instead of using the newer black panel, they have opted for the brown and white panel. Although I don't like the colour, it is redeemed with a nice little feature which if you click on the instruments they become enlarged. This is extremely useful when trying to mimic real word procedures.  I found the layout was very accurate to the real C152.

Virtual cockpit
Moving from the 2D panel to the VC, the pure quality is plain to see. Carenado have stayed consistent and modelled the instruments in exactly the same position as the 2D panel. Also, they have added the correct instruments on the right side of the plane. I can't criticise the VC as it is as near the same as it is in the real world aircraft.

Exterior modelling
I have left the best until last here. It is plain to see that Carenado have spent many hours and days modelling the exterior and it has paid off. It is so good even the rivets have been modelled to perfection. The developer has modelled the engine cowling and fuel caps as well which just that bit extra to the realism. Carenado haven't forgot about detailing the major parts like the flaps and elevators as these are also made superbly. I was also pleased to see that the creep mark was also added.


I What I like:
Quality of the exterior model
Quality documentation (which includes Checklist and Performance charts)
Definitiveness of the 2d panel and VC

What could be improved:
Colours of the 2d panel
Overall mark:
It is obvious that Carenado take great care and attention when developing general aviation aircraft and the time they put in allows simmers to enjoy the realism they deliver.  I must compliment Carenado for the accuracy they providing with much needed high quality general aviation add-ons.

It has been a pleasure flying and reviewing Carenado's excellent Cessna 152.  Overall, a fair mark would be 9/10.

/Edward Longe

      Minimum System Requirements
  • Flight Simulator X (SP2 and DX10 preview compatible)
  • PC with 3.0GHz (equivalent or higher) processor
  • 1.0Gb RAM
  • 128Mb+ 3D graphics card
  • Windows XP/Vista/7
  • 1.0Gb hard disk space