• Review: Carenado CT182T Skylane G1000

    Cessna CT182T Skylane G1000 HD Series

    Publisher: Carenado

    Review Author:
    Clay Barrington

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    Cessna History

    Clyde Vernon Cessna was a Kansas farmer who became a car dealer in Oklahoma then an aircraft designer in New York City. He was still selling cars when, aged 31, he became enthralled at a rural air show and began work on his own aircraft design The year was 1910 - seven years after the Wright brothers had lifted off from Kill Devil Hills to make what is credited as the first powered, controlled and sustained flight.


    Within the next year Clyde Cessna had designed his first fixed-wing aircraft. He named it the 'Silverwing' and powered it with a modified four cylinder boat engine that made 40 hp. On Cessna's 13th attempt the plane - constructed from spruce and linen - became airborne but crashed into trees on its first turn. Cessna persisted and in June 1911, he flew the Silverwing for five miles and returned to successfully land at his point of departure.

    Cessna was a dedicated monoplane - a single fixed wing - designer and he'd fallen out with earlier partners who wanted to build bi-planes. In August, 1927 the first Cessna Aircraft Corporation plane was flying. Known as the 'AV' it could fly for up to seven hours and had a top speed of 145 mph. The AV and the planes that followed extended Cessna's reputation for durable , safe and reliable planes.

    But bad luck stalked Cessna; the company's new four seater, 300 hp DC 6 - tail-dragger received its certification on the same day Wall Street crashed in 1929 and in 1932 Cessna Aircraft Corporation had shut its doors, a victim of the Great Depression. Happily, for flyers everywhere - and flight simmers - Cessna re-opened in 1934. Big military orders for Cessnas would follow and in 1955 the Cessna 172 Skyhawk rolled off the Wichita assembly line. It would become the world's biggest selling aircraft - more than 43,000 have been sold.


    The Cessna 180 Skywagon - a tail-dragger - had been flying since 1953 and was the aircraft piloted by the first woman to fly around the world, Geraldine Mock. The 180 would lead in 1956 to the Cessna 182 - essentially a 180 with a tri-cycle type landing gear. Compared to the Cessna 172, the 182 - also a four seater - came with a wider fuselage and flew higher and for longer. More than 20 versions of the 182 have been built - right up to the Cessna CT182T - which has a turbocharged Lycoming engine that delivers 235 hp and come with a Garmin 1000 glass cockpit. More than 23,000 Cessna 182s have been sold. Big changes came in 1963 when Cessna widened the cabin floor and inserted re-designed wrap around style near window which transformed the 182's previously cave-like interior. Cessna's 182s haven't flown in the tens of thousands out of Kansas because of their pace or economy; pilots like them because they can haul decent loads into and out of short strips or those at high altitudes while remaining relatively predictable for inexperienced pilots.

    When Cessna turbocharged the 182 in the year 2000, it took the venerable Skylane (as the 182 has been designated since 1957) into a new realm; turbocharging yielded better take-off, climb, hot and high altitude performance. The turbo can man manage a fully laden climb rate of 1000 feet per minute, has a service ceiling of just over 18,000 feet whilst maintaining some pretty respectable true airspeeds - up into the 170s.

    It is this model that the Santiago based simulation designer Carenado have recently updated and added to their list of sharply detailed add-ons for Microsoft Flight Simulator.


    Carenado's CT182T

    Carenado's designers found a real - world Cessna CT 182T, equipped with a Garmin 1000, parked at Santiago's Santiago / Eulogio Sanchez -Tobalaba (SCTB) airport. Owned by a local family, this 2006 Cessna - like many 182s - is used mainly for holidays and leisure flying. The Carenado team spent an hour and half with a plane on their first visit and came away with 1000 photographs of the interior and exterior. They returned later to record that aircraft's sound for their T182T model, reviewed here.

    Their efforts are beautifully displayed in the sim they've created - right down to the stitching on the cream leather seats, through to the plastic encased folders tucked into the pouches on the rear of the front seats. On the outside, the plane displays Carenado's new shine features and the designer's more recent use of high definition textures. Here you can see the pay-off from all the leg work Carenado did on that plane parked at SCTB airport. They've squeezed a huge amount of detail on this fuselage and to the prop and spinner. And, amazingly, Carenado has been able to preserve frame rates in FSX - even with all that extra detail.

    Carenado have authentically captured the factory turbocharged Lycoming's take-off roar - still an earthy wail despite the T182T's extra interior sound-deadening compared to earlier models. But for my money the most authentic sound is the deep throb that burbles through the cabin upon throttling back for descent.

    1 Comment
    1. CajunRon50's Avatar
      CajunRon50 -
      Unfortunately, Carenado's rendition of the G1000 does not provide for setting an active waypoint (skipping ahead in the flightplan) like the default G1000 in FSX does. This is a serious omission and the one thing keeping me from buying additional Carenado products. If they missed this important detail on this model what did they miss on other models.