The Cessna Turbo Skylane T182T has returned to Textron Aviation’s piston product line-up, complete with updated avionics and interiors. The order book is open, with first deliveries to begin in early 2023.
The improvements include a turbocharged engine designed for “exceptional” power, optimal climb rates and faster cruise speeds, as well as enhanced utility for operations from high-altitude airfields.
“The turbocharger adds another level of performance to an already exceptional aircraft,” said Ron Draper, president and CEO, Textron Aviation. “The Cessna Skylane is a remarkably instinctive aircraft to operate, and the turbocharged engine provides even greater performance that enhances the overall flying experience. The Turbo Skylane represents our commitment to offering new and innovative solutions to our piston owners and operators, and we’re pleased to bring expanded capabilities to this segment of the market. And with all of the latest attributes, the Turbo Skylane truly is better than ever.”
The single-engine Turbo Skylane features the latest Garmin G1000 NXi avionics suite, a heated propeller, and an in-cabin oxygen system. It is powered by the Lycoming TIO-540 engine and equipped with a Hartzell Engine Technologies turbocharger, providing the aircraft with 235hp at up to 20,000ft (6,096m). Textron Aviation said the additional power is especially beneficial for pilots flying over mountainous regions or for cruising at higher altitudes.
Originally introduced in 2001, production of the Turbo Skylane T182T was paused in 2013 while the company focused on the addition of a variety of product developments. The Cessna Skylane, with its normally aspirated Lycoming engine, has been in production since 1956, with more than 23,000 delivered.
“The Skylane has been a great airplane for more than six decades, and especially popular with first-time owners,” said Lannie O’Bannion, senior vice president, sales and flight operations. “Through our conversations with customers, many shared a desire for additional power for their unique missions. The Turbo Skylane is a perfect solution. The turbocharger is easy to operate, and the combination of a proven Lycoming engine, a heated McCauley propeller and an in-cabin oxygen system, will make this aircraft a leader in the high-performance, single-engine segment.”
The Turbo Skylane T182T has seating capacity for four and an estimated range of 971 miles. The certified ceiling is 20,000ft and maximum speed is 165kts. The Lycoming engine is outfitted with a constant-speed, three-blade, electric de-ice McCauley propeller. The cockpit features the Garmin G1000 NXi avionics suite with a new GI 275 electric standby, providing a new cockpit interface. The built-in oxygen system is designed to offer a seamlessly integrated solution providing the onboard oxygen necessary to maximise aircraft performance at higher altitudes.
The Turbo Skylane interior features contoured Luxor 2 seats with Alcantara inserts. Cabin air controls are designed to offer enhanced ventilation, providing consistent cockpit temperatures. Textron Aviation also said advanced soundproofing creates a quiet and comfortable environment for passengers.