Textron Aviation has announced the return of an aviation icon, the Cessna Turbo Skylane T182T. After nine years without being produced, the single-engine aircraft was relaunched with updates to its avionics, engine and interiors.
“The turbocharger adds another level of performance to an already exceptional aircraft,” said Ron Draper, President & CEO, Textron Aviation. The first deliveries are expected to take place in early 2023.
The aircraft is powered by the Lycoming TIO-540 engine, equipped with a Hartzell Engine Technologies (HET) turbocharger, which works with a McCauley three-blade constant-speed propeller.
As a result, the Turbo Skylane achieves 235 horsepower at up to 20,000 feet (6,096 meters) in altitude and can reach a top speed of 165 knots (305.5 km/h).
To get back in the air, the T182T received the latest Garmin G1000 NXi avionics suite, a heated propeller and an in-cabin oxygen system for high-altitude use. The plane has a capacity for four people and an estimated range of 971 nautical miles (about 1,700 km).
Although the Turbo Skylane only launched in 2001, the Cessna Skylane dates back to 1956 and had over 23,000 produced until 2013, when Textron ended production.