Initial customer deliveries of Cessna's new diesel-powered 182 JT-A won't be made until some time in 2015 as engineers continue to hone the design, the first production piston single from the manufacturer intended to run on jet-A fuel rather than avgas.
AOPA first reported news of the new certification timetable on its website on Tuesday, writing that no reason was given for the latest delay. Cessna has ceased production of the gasoline-powered Skylane, and the latest delivery numbers released by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association show that no new 182's have been delivered this year. A Cessna spokeswoman confirmed to _Flying _that certification of the diesel Skylane is now expected in "early 2015."
The 182 JT-A is powered by a 227 hp SMA Safran compression ignition engine that will burn 11 gallons an hour, allow the diesel Skylane to fly 1,160 nautical miles on a single fill-up and cruise at 155 knots. Price has been set at $515,000.
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