Turbo Skylane Returns to Cessna’s Lineup

High-altitude load-hauling T182T has oxygen system, Garmin NXi avionics, new interior

Base price for the Cessna Turbo Skylane T182T is $653,000. The non-turbo model starts at $600,000. [Courtesy: Textron Aviation]

Textron Aviation Inc. says it is returning the Cessna Turbo Skylane T182T to its lineup after a hiatus of almost a decade. 

The move is intended in part to meet the demands of pilots who operate in mountainous regions or prefer to cruise at higher altitudes. 

The Wichita company says it updated the venerable four-seater with the latest Garmin G1000 NXi avionics suite, new interiors, an in-cabin oxygen system, and a heated propeller. Power comes from a Lycoming TIO-540 engine with a Hartzell Engine Technologies turbocharger that generates 235 hp up to 20,000 feet.

“The turbocharger adds another level of performance to an already exceptional aircraft,” said Ron Draper, president and CEO of Textron Aviation.

The Cessna Turbo Skylane T182T has been updated with the latest Garmin G1000 NXi avionics suite. [Courtesy: Textron Aviation]

The previous model was discontinued in Cessna’s pursuit at the time of a diesel-powered Skylane, which never gained traction.

Introduced in 1956, the Cessna 182 is known for its combination of load-carrying capability, short-field performance, good handling, and reasonable speed. Several versions have come and gone over the decades, including retractables, turbocharged retractables, and turbo models with fixed gear. Many have been fitted with aftermarket modifications for increased speed, bush flying and other specialized uses. The previous turbocharged model was on sale from 2001 to 2013. 

Textron Aviation said it is taking orders and expects to begin deliveries early next year. Base price is $653,000. The non-turbo model starts at $600,000. 

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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