The Cessna 182 Skylane Makes for a Solid Aircraft Top Pick

Cessna’s 182 Skylane is known as a strong and versatile performer.

Cessna’s 182 Skylane is known as a well-rounded performer. [Courtesy: Sunset Aviation]

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Ever since its introduction in 1956, the Cessna 182 Skylane has been a classic, well-rounded contender, offering pilots ruggedness, reliability, significant useful load, and short-field prowess. Pilots who train for their private pilot certificates in smaller, less-powerful Cessna 150s and 172s often step up to 182s to get more utility with similar stable, forgiving flight characteristics as their training aircraft.

This Cessna 182R Skylane has 5,706 hours on the airframe and 1,850 hours on its Continental O-470 engine, which is rated at 230 hp. The panel includes an Apollo GPS, Bendix/King KT 76A transponder, ADS-B, dual Bendix/King KX 155 nav/coms, Bendix/King ADF and DME, and a PS Engineering PMA7000M-5 audio panel.

Pilots who are in the market for a hard-working, high-performance four-seater with a good combination of speed, range, and load-carrying capacity that is easy to fly, should consider this 1983 Cessna 182R Skylane, which is available for $172,000 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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