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Sep 1, 2005
Outside Magazine
Cessna Skylane 182

Cessna Skylane 182

RUGGED ICON: Cessna Skylane 182 The Skylane 182 combines burly functionality with practical adaptability; 25-year-old versions of the plane are still at work in the Canadian backwoods and running charters in the Caribbean. Its fixed landing gear can handle the rough treatment of gravel and grass airfields common in places like rural Wyoming and Alaska, and thanks to its combination of raw horsepower and aerodynamic design, it needs less runway to take off. Entry doors on both sides of the fuselage mean easy cabin access—made even simpler by over-the-cockpit wings—and pilots with seaplane certification will be happy to know the Skylane accepts floats or amphibious landing gear (that is, pontoons with retractable wheels). Goddard, Kansas–based professional pilot Charles Lloyd has racked up about 1,500 hours in various Skylanes, and his dream plane is his updated 1966 model. "It's a faithful airplane that just keeps going," says Lloyd. "With four people aboard, it easily gets in and out of Leadville, Colorado, at 10,000 feet." Maximum cruising speed: 149 knots (171 mph) Maximum range: 968 nautical miles (1,114 miles) Capacity: Pilot plus three passengers Carrying capacity, including fuel: 1,213 pounds Flight time, San Francisco to Reno: 67 minutes Bonus: You never have to go far for spark plugs—Cessna operates more than 235 repair-and-maintenance centers in the Unites States alone. $258,500;

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