Used Aircraft Guide


Cessna 182 RG Skylane RG

The 182RG is an oft-overlooked high-performance choice, but watch out for maintenance bugaboos Ė especially the landing gear.

[IMGCAP(1)] Pilots shopping the field for a high-performance retractable sometimes have one of those forehead-slapping moments when the Cessna 182 RG is mentioned.

For reasons probably related to the Skylaneís rep as a stodgy family sedan, itís not often considered in league with the likes of Bonanzas, Mooneys and even Cessna 210s.

Yet there it is. The Skylane RG has good performance, hauls a load and is a reasonable buy, although in recent years, thanks to demand, its value has spiked compared to Mooneys and Bonanzas.

Mechanically, the 182RG is somewhat of a mixed bag. The landing gear has a troublesome history and although it performs well if maintained, itís simply not the equa...

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