Skylane powered by Jet A takes off

OSHKOSH — Cessna debuted its Skylane Turbo 182 NXT on opening day of AirVenture, powered by an SMA engine that runs on Jet A.

“Cessna’s Turbo 182 NXT delivers a solution that the marketplace has been asking for,” said Jeff Umscheid, Cessna 172, 182, 206 business leader. “The 230 horsepower Jet A engine offers customers increased range and greater payload capacity and does not sacrifice performance. This plane offers significantly lower direct operating costs due to the fact that Jet A fuel is typically more affordable and much more widely available.”

The Turbo 182 NXT is powered by the Safran-made SMA engine, which is engineered specifically for aviation and is already FAA and EASA certified, he noted. The engine uses 11 gallons per hour of the typically lower-cost Jet A fuel at the estimated maximum cruise speed of 155 knots.

There are environmental benefits, as well, he noted. The fuel technology used in this engine eliminates concerns about carbon monoxide emissions, fuel mixtures, propeller control and exhaust gas, he explained. The engine operates at a lower propeller speed. As a result, the turbocharger technology delivers a quieter flight line and reduces noise pollution. There are zero lead emissions and zero CO emissions. Flight at the maximum cruise speed demonstrates greater fuel efficiency, and will burn approximately 30 percent to 40 percent less fuel than comparable avgas engines.

The Turbo 182 NXT has a seating capacity for four and an estimated range at max cruise speed of 1,160 nautical miles. The certified ceiling is 20,000 feet. It features the Garmin G1000 avionics suite. Price: $515,000.

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  1. DaPlane62 says

    Way to go Cessna!! “try” to satisfy the EPA goons while pricing potential owners right out of the market. Has everyone lost it?

  2. mountaindale says

    I’m speechless!!!  As an FBO & Flight School owner in the ’80’s & ’90’s I owned a fleet of about 20 airplanes; 152’s, 172’s, a 182, a 182RG, a 206, a Duchess, 2 Aztecs and a C421. 

    My entire fleet was less than the cost of one new Turbo 182 NXT !!!!!!!!

    • Mjconsulting says

      I’ve flown since 1979 and find it hard to believe that 20 of the above mentioned airplanes
      Cost less than $515k…just say’in.

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