Delta aids downed SR22, Cessna 182s seem nose heavy but aren’t. Here’s why + how-to tips for landings that won’t crunch the nose gear. 182s and Bonanza hit by expensive service bulletin. Click here to send a Listener Question you’d like answered on the show. If you’re thinking of buying a new or late model Cirrus SR20 or SR22, please contact me as early in your decision making process as possible, so that I can provide you the most assistance.
Landing Technique in the Cessna 182
The Cessna 182 is an excellent aircraft, but it has one knock against it that’s undeserved. Many pilots say the Cessna 182 is “nose heavy,” making it difficult to land. I respectfully disagree. The Cessna 182 is not difficult to land, IF you know how to land it properly and remain proficient through practice. And while calling it “nose heavy,” seems to match what pilots experience when landing the aircraft, an aeronautical engineer would blanch at that description. The C182 balances at its center of gravity like any other aircraft; the front end is NOT heavier than the back end.
It is true that nose wheel damage and bent firewalls are common for 182s that have spent their lives as rental aircraft. So yes, it’s easier to make a bad landing in a 182 than in a 172. And those bad landings often involve the nose wheel hitting the runway before the main wheels touch down. If you want to know three simple steps for better C182 landings, skip to the end of this article. If you want to know why those steps work so well, listen to this episode!
General Aviation News
- Two people on board a plane that crashed into the side of a mountain at Olympic National Park in Washington state on Sunday evening have survived after making a distress call picked up by a nearby Delta Air Lines flight.
- A new Service Bulletin from Continental Motors is going to cost some Cessna 182 and Beech Bonanza owners may have to shell out big bucks in the next hundred hours because of an engine service bulletin.
- The Red Bull Air Race World Championship makes a welcome return to San Diego on the 15-16 April 2017.
- Diamond Aircraft launched three new diesel-powered singles at Aero Friedrichshafen. They are the four-place DA50-IV, five-place DA50-V and seven-place DA50-VII with 230-, 260- and 360-horsepower Safran/SMA diesels. The -VII will also be available with a 375-horsepower Lycoming gas engine or a Ukranian turboprop. The DA-50-V was on display at the show and is shown below; click for full size images.
- Airbus has abandoned its plan to produce the electric E-Fan two-seater as a ready-for-sale training aircraft. Instead they will build a 2 mega watts demonstrator that will be a prototype for an electric powered airliner.
- Electric-powered aircraft will gather for a fly-in at the Grenchen airport in Switzerland, Sept. 9-10, the first event of its kind in Europe.
- Walter Extra has further cemented his status as a legendary figure in aviation, setting a new world electric airplane speed record in March to go with the electric time-to-climb mark he set in November.
- The STC Group has received an STC for the installation kit for the non-TSO’d Trio Pro Pilot digital autopilot into dozens of models of Cessna 172s and 182s, with more to follow soon.
- Avidyne expects to have a wireless hotspot of some kind certified by 2018.
- Owners of U.S.-registered, fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft that are not currently equipped with Version 2 of ADS-B Out are eligible for a $500 rebate Rebates are still available and they are being issued on a first-come, first-served basis until 20,000 are claimed or until the end of the one-year program, whichever comes first. Eligible aircraft owners can reserve a rebate until Sept. 18, 2017, the program’s last day to accept reservations, if any are still available.
- Flight Design has announced a new LSA model, the KLA-100, a two-seat training aircraft.
- A new company announced plans to build a Finnish LSA amphib in Maine. The Atol Avion will be built at Brunswick Landing, the former NAS Brunswick.
- Mark and Conrad Huffstutler are the new owners of the Lancair. They plan to support the models from the 320 on up, and will eventually be putting effort into the new Mako – a four seat, fixed-main-gear aircraft with a retracting nose gear.
- Lancair Owners & Builders Association is having a gathering in Sante Fe, NM, August 31-September 3.
- U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) and Sen. James Inhofe sent a letter requests the FAA include funding to provide air traffic and safety services at major aviation events, like EAA AirVenture, in its budget for the next year.