A scion of Cessna that made its debut in the market in the year 1956 and is simply being referred to as Cessna 182. Apparently, this model was being developed by Cessna in response to the clamour of the aviation market towards a variant of Cessna 180. Cessna 182 is a tricycle gear variant of Cessna 180. After several tinkering, Cessna 182 paved the way to developing the Skylane model that became available in 1957.
The aircraft industry has been accelerating development in terms of the aircraft’s larger fuel capabilities, and better accommodation and amenities are being incorporated in the airplane. With those features being incorporated, the aircraft became heavier, requiring an additional increase in the gross weight. It can be gleaned on its first model that has the max gross weight of 2550 lbs.
Cessna 182 Specs
Another model was introduced in the market, the A-D model that tends to max out at 2650 lbs. After that, the gross weight was further enhanced to 2800 pounds (1.27 ton) in the E model that was launched in the year 1962. It seems that the aircraft’s development in terms of gross weight is continuous as it gave the Cessna’s Skylane a gross weight of 2950 in 1970, and the last weight change was brought in its R model that has 3100 lbs.
The design of Cessna 182 has also undergone an intensified change that it gives to the market around 23 distinctive models that include the RG and the turbo versions. Unfortunately, due to some legal entanglements brought by product liability suits, Cessna opted to halt its single-engine piston aircraft production in 1986.
It resumes its production after the General Aviation Revitalization Act was passed in 1994. In 1997, Cessna offered to the Aviation market the new 182 models, which are fondly called the “S” and “T” models.
This model sports the Lycoming’s 0-540 engine and is rated at 230 hp. In terms of technology change, you will be amazed that the 2004 T model has an option to be equipped with the glass avionics suite, which is the Garmin’s G1000. The G100 became part of the standard equipment on all the produced models in 2007 and thereafter.
With the massive tinkering over the period of fifty years, this aircraft had already earned its rightful place in the aviation industry. The Skylane had been described by aviators as a solid and stable aircraft and has sloppy manoeuvre capabilities and stable predictability. It is also known for its ease of transition. These features had made this aircraft one of the top picks of the aviators. Such patronage from the Skylane enthusiasts is undeniable, for they have been continuously supporting this model. It may only boil to the glaring reality that the aircraft had lived up or may even soar up the expectations of the aviation industry. Thus, more than fifty years in the industry became Cessna’s legacy to the aircraft industry.