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Why The Cessna 182 Skylane Is A Top Used Plane

There are so many reasons it’s one of the bestselling planes ever.

Cessna 182 Skylane
A Cessna 182 mid-flight. Photo by Jack Fleetwood

At sports awards banquets, we used to bestow a trophy for “Best All-Around Performance,” signifying an individual who excelled in nothing but always finished near the top in many disciplines. If there were such a prize handed out for aircraft design, Cessna’s 182 would certainly be a contender.

Notwithstanding a 10-year hiatus during the late ’80s and early ’90s, the old 182 has been in production since 1956; with 55 years to pad its numbers, it’s the third-most-popular GA airplane, right after two siblings, the 172 and 150/152. It’s earned its popularity; it is arguably the most sought-after used plane in the marketplace. It seems like everybody is looking for a good 182. 


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