January 2001 Issue

Skylane Mods

The venerable 182 can be tweaked, tuned and twiddled ad infinitum. Here’s a catalog of some of the best mods.

[IMGCAP(1)] Aircraft owners are a restless lot, forever casting about for the one upgrade, gadget or gizmo that will render their airplanes truly perfect.

Leading the list of upgradeable rides is the venerable Cessna 182. Although more dowager than doxy, what the Skylane lacks in sex appeal is more than offset among its devotées by its comfort, useful load, ease of maintenance and all but complete lack of pilot-humbling quirk.

Skylanes tend to be the defensive linemen of light singles; large, powerful and relatively slow. Consequently, it’s not surprising that there’s something of a cottage industry aimed at souping up and cleaning up the Cessna 182. The typical Skylane is a poster...

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