The Cessna T182T is a variant of the the popular, relatively high performance Cessna 182.
This aircraft started life as a tricycle development of the 180. The Cessna 182 Skylane is a four-seat, single-engine, light airplane, built by Cessna of Wichita, Kansas. It is designed to have the option of adding two child seats, installed in the baggage area.
The 182 first appeared in 1956 while the name “Skylane” was first introduced with the 182A development to indicate an optional higher level of equipment.
The name Skylane is known to signal pilots a reliable, capable ride, simple enough for most of us to fly with ease. Including a version with retractable landing gear, the 182 has been produced in a number of variants and is the second most popular Cessna model, after the 172.
The Cessna 182 is designed as an all-metal (mostly aluminum alloy) aircraft, although some parts are made of fiberglass or thermoplastic material such as engine cowling nosebowl and wingtips. The 182s wing has the same planform as the smaller Cessna 172 and the larger 205/206 series; though, some wing details such as the aileron and flap design are not like the 205/206 components and are the same as the 172.
Cessna 182 was first introduced in 1956 as a tricycle gear variant of the 180. In 1957, the 182A variant was introduced along with the name Skylane. Later models have added more powerful engines and bigger windows.
Due to change in U.S. liability laws Cessna cites the 1990s resumption in producing general aviation aircraft such as this model. In 2005, Cessna began offering the Garmin G1000 glass cockpit as an optional upgrade to the Skylane. Then, the glass cockpit became standard equipment on later editions of the plane.
From 1978 to 1986 the company offered the retractable gear R182 and TR182 without and with engine turbocharging respectively. Both gears offer 10-15% enhancement in climb and cruise speeds over their fixed gear counterparts or, alternatively, 10-15% better fuel economy at the same speeds at the cost of increased maintenance costs and decreased gear robustness. The model designation categorization differs from some other models with optional retractable gear. For example the retractable version of the Cessna 172 was designated as the 172RG, while the retractable gear version of the Cessna 182 is the R182. “Skylane RG” was the name given by Cessna to market the R182.
Powered by an electrically-driven pump, hydraulic actuators were used for the Skylane RGs landing gear retraction system. This system includes a gear position warning that emits an intermittent tone through the cabin speaker when the gear is in the retracted position and either the flaps are extended beyond 20 degrees or the throttle is reduced below approximately 12″ MAP. Also, the landing gear may be lowered through hand pump to pressurize the hydraulic system in the event of a hydraulic pump failure. There is no alternative procedure for retracting the landing gear.