What is there left to say about the Cessna Skylane?

You'd think not much. After all, it's an airplane that's been in production (with one decade-long break in production from the mid-80's to the mid-90's) since 1956.

During that time Cessna has built more than 20,000 Skylanes, making it one of the most popular models ever, and arguably the most popular non-training model period.

The 182, or Skylane (as it's been called since its second year on the market), isn't the fastest four-seater in the sky, it's not the sleekest, the most modern looking or the most technologically advanced.

Whether that job is hauling a load from one side of a rural county to the other or flying four friends to a vacation resort three states away. It's an extremely versatile airplane.

Never before has risk avoidance been so simple and intuitive. Rising terrain areas or low-altitude flying can sometimes present obstacles that present real danger when unexpected.

With SVT, such potential obstacles are rendered and color-coded for alerting when there may be a potential conflict approaching.

Towers and other obstacles that may interfere with the flight path are also highlighted and clearly displayed with height-appropriate symbology.

"Cessna Skylane Exterior"
cessna Skylane exterior
Today's Skylane is sleeker, more solid, much more comfortable, rangier, faster, and far, far more technologically advanced than anything its originators could have dreamt of.

Experience says that when a factory-turbocharged version of a popular airplane gets introduced it nearly always outsells the non-turbocharged version.

It happened with the previous production 182, and it is the case with the new production Skylane; the turbo version outsells the non-turbo one by a good margin.

The engine that powers the T182T is the Lycoming TSIO-540-AK1A, a factory turbocharged 235 engine that features an automatic waste gate and improved turbocharger cooling.

The engine seems very smooth and quiet, but maybe that's because I've spent so much time in older Skylanes, where the soundproofing was very minimal.

The latest additions to the airplane are few but impressive, and the list of features added when the T model was launched a few years back are numerous.

Coupled with the G1000 system's host of other impressive capabilities, these features give the Skylane a suite of avionics utilities that are hard to beat in a single-engine airplane of any description.

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