Cessna 182 Skylane
There is perhaps no more iconic four-seater than the Cessna 182 Skylane. With its all-metal, high-wing, fixed-gear configuration, this high-performance single filled a new and extremely attractive niche in the single-engine world when it was handed over to its first customer in 1956. The Skylane was the substantially more powerful step-up model to Cessna’s 172 Skyhawk, which was introduced around the same time. With around 25,000 Skylanes sold, it’s one of the most popular planes ever. There’s good reason for that, too. It’s a capable airplane, one that does everything pretty well, if not spectacularly. And today’s Skylane has added on to that distinction, with better speed, safety and comfort. Today’s Skylane boasts the Lycoming IO-540 rated at 230 hp. The six-cylinder engine swings a three-blade constant-speed McCauley prop. While not blazingly fast, the 182 is a decent cross-country airplane, with enough speed and range to make it possible to connect the dots in style while carrying a big load. With the new Garmin G1000 NXi panel, it boasts impressive avionics with a slew of features.