The Cessna 152 leaves complexity behind. You needn’t worry about the best manifold and rpm settings, the temperature of the nonexistent turbocharger, procedures for failure of retractable gear, or whether you will even get to your destination on time. Of course you won’t. But you’ll arrive smiling unless there is a crosswind. These aircraft require vigilance in tricky winds, a trait that has made them good trainers. It is the docile handling of the 152 that makes it so enjoyable to fly. Like everything else in the aircraft’s design, handling characteristics require very little effort. Landings are easy for post-student pilots, and takeoffs are uncomplicated.