This 1982 Cessna 182R Is a Heavily Upgraded ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

With an extra 50 horsepower over stock, this Cessna 182 moves with a purpose.

A Cessna 182 with extra power can be an appealing proposition. [Courtesy: Barnett Investment Group]

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It seems like Cessna 182 Skylanes are always in demand on the used market. Shoppers often enjoy the advantage of having many 182s to choose from, in part because Cessna built a lot of them and they change hands regularly. Today’s market ranges from 1950s and ’60s models to brand-new and lightly used versions built in the last few years.

This 182R is special because a previous owner replaced the original 230 hp Continental O-470 engine with an IO-520 that puts out 280 hp. It also has a combination of Aspen and Garmin avionics that converts the panel almost completely to glass. While 182s are known for their short-field performance, this example will allow pilots to access tight strips with even greater confidence and an improved margin of performance.

This airplane has 4,441 hours on the airframe, 1,118 hours on its IO-520 engine since overhaul and 570 hours on its Hartzell three-blade Scimitar propeller. The panel includes an Aspen 1000 Pro Max MFD and PFD, S-Tec 3100 autopilot, Guardian Avionics Aero 553 CO detector, Garmin GTX 330ES transponder, Garmin GMA 340 audio panel, GNS 530W, GNS 430W, and JPI EDM930 engine monitor. The aircraft received new paint and interior in 2010.

Pilots who want a Cessna 182 but would prefer a dash of extra power should consider this 1982 example with the Continental IO-520 engine. This aircraft is available for $305,000 on AircraftForSale.

You can arrange financing of the aircraft through FLYING Finance. For more information, email

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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