Cessna 182 Skylane
One of the most popular airplanes of all time, the 182 Skylane is arguably the best-executed compromise in aviation history, with good speed (145 knots), simple operation (fixed gear, low landing speeds), great useful load and rugged reliability. No wonder Cessna has built around 25,000 182s since its introduction in 1956. Today’s Skylane features a 230 hp Lycoming IO-540 and is a far cry from that early bird. While still the same basic airframe, in most regards today’s model is far more technologically advanced, with Garmin G1000 avionics with synthetic vision, safer, with better seats, flap configuration and fuel management (and electronic enhancements), much quieter inside and more comfortable. This airplane is for people who want to go moderate distances, carry an impressive load and enjoy the view that only a high-wing airplane can provide.
Niche: Fixed-gear utility
Base Price: $470,000
Competitors: Tecnam P2010, Diamond DA40, Maule M7-235
Read our latest Cessna 182 pilot report on the Skylane NXi. You can also check out our review of Used Cessna 182 Skylanes or visit the flight levels with our Turbo Skylane pilot report.
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