Cessna aircraft for sale

Named after its founder, Clyde Cessna, the Cessna company folded during the great depression and was resurrected in 1934 before returning to commercial production of aircraft in the post-war period with the release of the Cessna 120 and 140.

The Cessna 172 entered production in 1959, becoming the most produced aircraft in history and propelling the company to new heights as the leading manufacturer of the ‘big 3’ over much of the next fifty years (alongside Piper and Beechcraft), producing 100,000 single engine units by 1975.

Alongside its production of single-engine aircraft (like the Cessna 150, Cessna 152, Cessna 172, Cessna 182 and Cessna 210 series aircraft) and twin engines (like the in-line thrust designed Cessna 337, and more traditional Cessna 401/402 and Cessna 310), the company designed the popular business jet, the Citation series, that first flew in 1969.

Now a brand of the Textron Aviation, the Cessna range offers factory new 172 Skyhawk, Skyline and Stationer singles, Cessna Caravan & Skycourier turboprops, plus the Citation range of private jets.

Light Aircraft Sales offers a range of Cessna aircraft for sale. Ask our expert brokers about Cessna’s for sale in Australia, New Zealand – or let us source an aircraft for your needs from the region, or around the wold.

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Cessna – Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Are you in the market to Buy a Cessna or Sell your Cessna? Learn the answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions relating to buying and selling Cessna aircraft.

Contact us for more information, or if you need your specific Cessna aircraft questions answered.

In a word, yes. Depending on the model, all single engine Cessna aircraft have been proven as very safe, docile and forgiving aircraft. They are well manufactured, designed to be very stable in the stall and at low speeds.

The best Cessna model to buy as a newly-certified pilot is either the Cessna 150, 152, or 172 variants.

The Cessna 172 is the single most popular aircraft ever produced, and for very good reason. Developed in the 1950’s it was originally designed from another beautifully designed aircraft, the Cessna 170, but with tricycle undercarriage.

Over the years, over 15 main variants were created, each offering improvements in areas including performance, wing efficiency, avionics, useful load, cosmetics or fuel carriage. But, the original design similarities between the Cessna 172 of 1955 and the current Cessna 172S are considerable. This is because the design struck a balance between aesthetic appeal, durability, performance, efficiency and operating costs per mile.

In a word, no! The Lycoming O-320-H2AD engine was introduced in 1976 and remained in production until 1980. The rumour-mill in aviation suggests that the engine is ‘no good’ because originally it suffered from increased instances of tappet spalling (metal fatigue causing flaking). While this is true, in 1978 a series of changes were made to the engine design and mods were made to existing engines.

The designation to those changes added an ‘A’ to the serial number, so look out for that. If the engine has been maintained in accordance with the Lycoming manual, there is no issue at all. The TBO is still 2000 hours on these engines, which should provide reassurance that the ‘N’ model Cessna 172 is as good as any other.

The 1977 Cessna 150M was the last for the Cessna 150, before it was replaced by the Cessna 152. By the time the ‘M’ designation came around, the 150 had been modified significantly – and therefore became the Cessna 152 in most respects.

In 1978 the first Cessna 152 rolled off the line, with a 32kg increase in useful load, which is probably the single most important difference in the types, as well as an extra 10 horsepower in power with its Lycoming O-235 L2C.  The difference is noticeable, but subtle – particularly at high density altitudes.

The cost of ownership of a Cessna 172 can vary significantly with unexpected maintenance items, cost of fuel and other items, but with all SID’s program inspections now complete across the fleet, the costs based on a 100 hour flight time per year (no hangarage) are roughly as follows:

  • Maintenance (annual and other) AUD$6,000
  • Fuel and oil (based on Avgas AUD$3.00 per litre) AUD$9,000
  • Insurance (based on hull value of AUD$100,000) AUD$4,000
  • Other costs AUD $1,000

Total costs per annum: AUD$20,000 (AUD$200.00 per hour flown)

The Cessna Supplemental Inspection Documents (SIDs) was introduced in 2014 and adopted by most authorities as a recommended inspection regime applying to Cessna aircraft. In Australia, CASA made the program mandatory, which effectively significantly increased the cost of ownership of Cessna type aircraft.

What it means, however, is that all flying Cessna aircraft in Australia have been through the rigorous testing until 2022 when the program was scrapped for Airwork and Private category operations.

In short, if you are purchasing a Cessna aircraft in Australia in 2024, assume that the SID’s have been complied with – and if you are operating in these two categories, the SID’s program no longer applies.