This 1979 Cessna TR182 Skylane Is Surprisingly Fast ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

Raising the gear makes a noticeable difference in the Skylane’s cruise performance.

Cessna’s Skylane has always been a good utility airplane. Some say raising the gear makes it better. [Courtesy: Cris DeWitt]

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The Cessna 182 Skylane is a perennial favorite airplane for a wide range of missions including travel, cargo hauling, and short-field operations. The aircraft’s easy handling and forgiving flight characteristics make it an ideal high-performance, step-up model, especially for pilots who trained in Cessna 150s and 172s. Adding retractable landing gear to the Skylane results in a significant dose of something many pilots seek: extra speed.

When Cessna introduced the retractable 182 in 1978, the aircraft racked up favorable reviews and began to develop an enthusiastic following largely driven by the higher cruising speed that makes it a better traveling machine. Unfortunately the general aviation industry suffered during the economic downturn of the early 1980s, resulting in production cuts and eventually the end of the TR182. The rare machines remain particularly desirable on the used market. 

This 1979 Cessna TR182 has 2,190 hours on its airframe and Lycoming O-540-L3C5D engine. The panel includes Garmin GTN 650xi and Bendix/King nav/coms, dual Garmin 275s, GNS 500 autopilot, GTX 335 transponder, and JPI 830 engine monitor.

Pilots who like the standard 182’s all-around performance and reliability but seek the extra speed that comes with retractable gear should consider this 1979 Cessna TR182, which is available for $180,000 on AircraftForSale.

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Jonathan Welsh is a private pilot who worked as a reporter, editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal for 21 years, mostly covering the auto industry. His passion for aviation began in childhood with balsa-wood gliders his aunt would buy for him at the corner store. Follow Jonathan on Twitter @JonathanWelsh4

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