• Review: Cessna CT182T Turbo Skylane

    Cessna CT182T Turbo Skylane

    Publisher: Carenado

    Review Author:
    Stuart McGregor

    Suggested Price:
    $34.95

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    When is a Cessna not a Cessna? When it is the Cessna Turbo 182T Skylane...

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    The model being reviewed in this article is the majestic Cessna Turbo 182T Skylane offered by Carenado. It is no ordinary Cessna as it comes with the fantastic Garmin G1000 avionics system and the KFC225 Bendix King autopilot, so it is more like stepping into the USS Enterprise than hopping on board your local flight school trainer.

    The Skylane brand was first introduced in 1956, although the Cessna Turbo T182T model was only certified in 2001. Overall the 182 has only been outsold by its ever-popular cousin, the Cessna 172. The turbo Skylane is an all-metal, single-engine piston, high-wing monoplane with a four-person seating capacity, including a crew of one or two. It is powered by a fuel-injected 235 hp (175 kW) Lycoming IO-540-L3C5D piston engine. This model comes with the traditional fixed tricycle landing gear.

    The Skylane is unquestionably my kind of aircraft, as it offers the familiarity and comfort of the many single engine aircraft I enjoy flying in X-Plane. This model though has the added bonus of introducing a whole new dimension to flying, via the addition of the G1000 and KFC225 systems. So sit back and relax as I take you on a journey to boldly go where no sim pilot has gone before...

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    Purchase, Download & Installation

    Dollars in hand, I purchased the Skylane from FSPilotShop.com where I was given the option of an online instant download for $34.95 or the instant download plus a disk backup for an additional $4.95 plus shipping. As always, I plumped for the download only and set about downloading the 212 MB worth of data. At the purchase page, a good level of detail is provided on what you get for your money and the minimum advised hardware spec is clearly described. i.e. X-Plane 10.36 or later, 2.5 GHz Processor, 385 MB free hard disk space, 8 GB RAM, 3D video card with 1 GB VRAM, all self-explanatory. You will also need the Carenado G1000 database which is a pretty hefty 870 MB, so a good internet connection is strongly advised to ensure it doesn't take a week to download. There was a link provided on the purchase page, but for some reason I couldn't get it to work, so I nipped over to the Carenado web site (www.caranedo.com) where it explains how to install it, as well as providing a link to the free download; all very easy. As far as operating systems go, the information provided advised that this particular Skylane is compatible with Windows XP, Vista & 7, Mac OS 10.8 & Linux so this should open it up to a wide range of users if they are so inclined. I should mention that I use Windows 8.1 and it works like a charm for me.

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    Documentation

    As with all Carenado products, the download comes with several useful documents in pdf format. These include operating procedures, both normal and emergency, separate operating instructions for the G1000 and KFC225 autopilot systems, cruise performance tables, a nice reference table of all the important airspeeds as well as the standard advised X-Plane settings. The documents are well presented, easy to read and have a decent smattering of color which is a nice touch.

    So once downloaded, the aircraft is easy to install by just unzipping the file and dragging it over to your preferred 'Aircraft' folder (don't forget to put the G1000 database into your main X-Plane root folder). When you have everything in place and you fire the Cessna up for the first time it will ask for an activation key. This is provided in the download page so no problem. Restart and off you go.

    All in all, purchase, download and installation was a breeze!


    1 Comment
    1. DominicS's Avatar
      DominicS -
      Really nice review Stuart; she really is a stunner!

      Thanks for reviewing what looks to be a 'must have' aircraft.

      Cheers

      Dom
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