Used Aircraft Guide

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Cessna 182 Skylane

One of the first Cessnas to return to production, a new Skylane will set you back over $200,000. Used ones are a better value.

[IMGCAP(1)] Cessna really got the basic four-place, fixed-gear single formula right with the two mainstays of its line, the 172 and 182. Both designed more than 40 years ago, both are now back in production and selling remarkably well, albeit not as well as Cessna had hoped (in 1999 Cessna delivered 452 Skyhawks and 248 Skylanes). Without doubt, these airplanes are classics, and are some of the all-time most popular light aircraft ever built. Production of the 182, by the time the line closed down in 1986, had topped an astonishing 22,000, a mark beaten only by... you guessed it: the Skyhawk, and the 150/152.

Both 172 and 182 share a trait that has guaranteed their success over the years:...

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