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Old Jul 30, 2006, 10:15 AM   #1
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Here are a couple of Cessna 152's I captured at the Hillsboro, OR airport yesterday.

Nikon D100, Nikon 70-300mm lens, ISO 400



1/2500th at f5.6 fully zoomed to 300mm handheld.



1/2000th at f5.6, fully zoomed to 300mm handheld.

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Old Jul 30, 2006, 2:47 PM   #2
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Good shots. they are nice airplanes tophotograph because they are slow. However, I'll never fly on one of those. BTW,my company has a big office up in Hillsboro.
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Old Jul 30, 2006, 4:44 PM   #3
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I'm not sure what your objection to flying in one of these is. I have logged a couple hundred hours in Cessnas and they are great little planes. The Cessna 152 is slow and only holds two people. It cruises at about 90 knots. The Cessna 182, on the other hand, has about 50% more power, holds four people, and cruises at about 140 knots.

If safety is your concern, you a probably about ten times safer flying in one of these than driving your car on the streets of the city.

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Old Jul 31, 2006, 12:46 AM   #4
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Just about every year we hear about a crash or two involving a Cessna, reason why I chose to stay away from them!
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Old Jul 31, 2006, 4:34 AM   #5
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Cal,

I have the same fear as Tullio. Even tho I've flown in a slightly larger Cessna coming back from Molokai to Honolulu many years ago.

I must indicate however that the majority of small plane crashes here have been due to pilot error (e.g. bad judgement in bad weather).

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Every year, I read about dozens of crashes involving Chevrolets...

How many Cessna flights do you NOT read about because they don't crash, though? Thousands every day. I've only been up in them a few times, but earlier this month my mom and I went for a ride out of Manistee (MI) Blacker Airport, and the pilot let me fly the takeoff and climbout. After we flew over my parents' house a couple of times, he let me fly us back toward the airport and enter the approach. (I don't have a pilot's license, either--but our pilot was an instructor.)
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Tullio, think about this. You say you hear about Cessna crashing every year. I am willing to bet that you hear about cars crashing every day! These little planes are far safer, statistically, that the car you drive.

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You've got a point there, Cal.
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