Cessna Skylane Model 182S

Flight Notes - how to fly the Cessna Skylane 182S

When Cessna saw how well their Model 180 was selling, they looked for a way to make it an even bigger success; the answer was the Model 182. The 182 first flew in 1956, and its big advancement was the patented Land-O-Matic tricycle-landing gear (weren't the fifties grand?), which make landing and ground handling easier, attracting would-be pilots who didn't want to fly taildraggers. During the model's lifespan, it has been beefed up, modified, and released in retractable-gear (RG) and turbo-charged (T) versions. Like all the Cessna piston aircraft, production of the 182 was halted in 1986 due to market forces and the high price of product liability insurance premiums. Now the 182 is back in a new incarnation.

The Cessna 182 Skylane feels and acts like a heavier, more powerful version of its sibling, the 172 Skyhawk. While there is nothing tricky about flying the 182, pilots shouldn't underestimate it; the Skylane doesn't tolerate indifferent pilot technique.

The airplane is a workhorse and a stable platform for flying on instruments. Even with a full tank, the 182 carries a family-size useful load and performs admirably as an aerial sport utility vehicle.

One of the improvements with the new 182 is that it now has a wet wing (the fuel is stored directly inside the wing). Older models had a rubber fuel bladder in the wing that could wrinkle as it aged, creating nice little pockets in which water could accumulate. Water and avgas don't make for a good fuel mix.

Also new is the choice of the Textron Lycoming IO-540 AB1A5 engine (Textron owns Cessna) producing 230 horsepower at 2400 rpm. This makes the Skylane a fuel-injected airplane for the first time, eliminating the threat of carburetor icing. The three-bladed McCauley prop helps complete the grown-up appearance of the new Skylane. This is not your father's 182.

Over the years, the empty weight of the Skylane has increased, while the useful load has decreased in successive models. Since it has retained the same powerplant output, it has slightly higher maximum and cruise speeds. Range has been extended in all models with larger fuel capacity.

It's easy to see why Microsoft has offered the versatile and time-tested 182 in every version of Flight Simulator since its introduction. It's an aviation legend, both in the world of flight simulation and in the real world.


U.S. Metric
Maximum Speed 145 knots 167 mph 269 km per hour
Cruise Speed 140 knots 161 mph 259 km per hour
Engine Textron Lycoming IO-540-AB1A5 230 horsepower
Propeller McCauley 3-bladed constant speed
Maximum Range 968 nm 944 sm 1,519 km
Service Ceiling 18,100 feet 5,517 meters
Fuel Capacity 92 U.S. gallons 333 liters
Empty Weight 1,810 pounds 821 kilograms
Maximum Gross Weight 3,110 pounds 1,411 kilograms
Length 29 feet 8.84 meters
Wingspan 36 feet 11 meters
Height 9 feet 2.77 meters
Seating Up to 4
Useful Load 1,300 pounds 590 kilograms