Built by Cessna of Wichita, Kansas, Cessna 182 model was introduced in 1956. It was a four-seat, single engine light aircraft. The initial production of Cessna 182 has fixed landing gear and was certified on March 1956.
Cessna 182 was produced as a modified version of Cessna 180. In December 1957, Cessna 182 was modified and was introduced as Cessna 182A Skylane. Over the years, different models of Cessna 182 Skylane were produced- with more powerful engines and bigger windows.
In 1978 a model with retractable gear was certified. The Cessna 182 Skylane with retractable landing gear was introduced as R182 and later was known in the market as Skylane RG. This modification allowed for a significant improvement in the climb and cruise speed.
A turbocharged Cessna 182 was certified in August of 1980. It was marketed as Cessna T182. This specific model used the original Cessna 182 fixed landing gear. But in September 1978, T182 with retractable gear was introduced in the market and was known as TR182 Turbo Skylane RG.
As a four-seat aircraft, Cessna 182 Skylane can accommodate 1 crew (pilot) and 3 passengers. It is mostly made of aluminum alloy, thus making it all-metal.
Some parts though are made of fiberglass material- such as the engine cowling nosebowl and wingtips.
Cessna 182 Skylane stands at 9 feet and 4 inches. Its length is measured at 29 feet with wingspan of 36 feet. Maximum takeoff weight is 3,100.
Cessna 182 Skylane uses Textron Lycoming IO-540-AB1A5 engine, Garmin G1000 Avionics and McCauley Props, three-bladed constant speed propeller.
Cessna 182 Skylane has a maximum speed is 173 miles per hour or 278 kilometers per hour but never exceeds 201 miles per hour or 324 kilometers per hour. It has a cruise speed of 167 miles per hour or 269 kilometers per hour. Stall speed is 56 miles per hour or 91 kilometers per hour. Range is 1,070 miles or 1,722 kilometers.
Aside from performance and specification a prospective aircraft owner will look into, comfort and style are also high on their list. What makes an aircraft appealing? Initially, safety, range and speed come into mind followed by capacity or capability and price or cost of ownership (mainly maintenance).
The Cessna 182 Skylane can be described as “beauty and brains”. On the outside, it is a thing to behold. Yes, it’s true that most aircraft looks the same on the outside, but the Skylane has a certain presence that makes it stand out amongst its competitors.
The Skylane interior is both comfortable and functional at the same time, from the state-of-the-art flight deck, leather or cloth seats to its spacious baggage compartment. The seats can be adjusted in four ways to give full comfort and with a molded headliner that has cabin lighting and air console.
With all the 1st class features and versatility in performance, Cessna 182 Skylane is the aircraft chosen by pilots as their personal favorite aircraft and by civil operators and flight schools worldwide.
Over the years Cessna 182 model has been modified and newer 182 aircraft has been produced to cater to the ever-changing demand of the market.