Used Aircraft Guide
June 2010 Issue
Used Aircraft Guide: Cessna 182 - Still a Load Hulling Standard
No one would mistake you for being a jet setter for owning one, but the venerable Skylane hauls a big load at an acceptable speed and even a caveman can fix it. Better learn how to land it right, however.
By all measure of logic, the Cessna 182 should have passed out of production years ago. Given its horsepower, itís slow and in an age of $5 avgas, itís hardly economical. It handles like a truck. But itís that truck part that explains why, in 2008, Cessna sold 223 new Skylanes, making it essentially tied with the Cessna 172 in sales popularity. Sales tanked in 2009, but that was true for the entire market. Still, in the teeth of a vicious recession, the airplane retains relatively good values on the used market, although not many are selling. The reason for this, we surmise, is that the 182 will haul about anything you can throw at it, it has good dispatch reliability and hardly any handling, except for nose-first landings. All that adds up to one thing: Buyers are comfortable with Skylanes and for many, itís as far up the pecking order as theyíll go in their flying careers. These days, you can buy a 182 with a full G1000 glass panel and a luxe interior for a price in the low $400s. A big investment, to be sure, but less money than a new SR22 from Cirrus.
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