Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Cessna 182, the tremendous bush aeroplane: "Good performance, good endurance, good speed," says one owner, when talking about his beloved Cessna 182 aircraft

Cessna 182 Association president, Andrew Lott, inside his 1965 aeroplane 
(ABC: Tasha Impey)

Andrew Lott, president of the Cessna 182 Association, has been flying his 1965 airplane for 11 years. 

 He calls a Cessna 182, the tremendous bush airplane.

"It's particularly good in bush situations where there are rough airstrips and short airstrips."

Mr Lott is part of a tight-knit aircraft community that comes together twice-a-year, owners of Cessna 182s, where around 60 people get together to sample local produce, raise some money for charity and of course, talk about their beloved airplanes.

This year's spring fly-in saw 22 Cessna 182s of all ages and from every state in Australia come to Mount Gambier.

First built in 1956, the Cessna 182 was represented in Mount Gambier with a 1958 model right through to a 2010 aircraft.

While the actual design hasn't changed a great deal, in 2004 Cessna 182s changed from the conventional instrument panel to the glass cockpit, equipped with a Garmin G1000 system.

Read more here:  http://www.abc.net.au

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