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Cessna’s test 182 JT-A lands in field

August 22, 2013 by Alton K. Marsh, Senior Editor, AOPA Pilot

Cessna has confirmed its 182 JT-A powered by an SMA diesel engine landed in a field 30 miles west-northwest of Wichita Aug. 21. It is used for research and development of the diesel-powered 182. No details as yet but a local television station reported an engine failure. The pilot onboard was not injured and apparently was alone in the aircraft. Television news footage shows the aircraft intact amidst tall grass. The aircraft was on a certification flight. It was one of the steps needed to complete certification before deliveries can begin. Congratulations to the pilot for a great emergency landing.

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6 Responses to “Cessna’s test 182 JT-A lands in field”

  1. Paul Robichaux Says:

    At more than $500K for this aircraft, its engine reliability is only of tangential interest to most of your readers, since the price puts it well out of range.

  2. Al Marsh Says:

    Hi Paul,
    As I noted in my current “Pilot” article about diesel technology, hardly anyone in the United States will purchase a diesel powered airplane (except for operators flying 500 hours a year). The purpose of this aircraft is to keep Cessna alive in world sales. In Africa, operators can’t afford NOT to go with diesel technology. Avgas is $22 a gallon.

  3. Dave Newill Says:

    Ah – but they could get an STC C-206 or 210 with a turbine today ( Soloy or O&N) , burn Jet-A (Which is not ALWAYS going to work in a Compression Ignition engine due to Cetain # being out of limits) and which gives them a +200 lb take off advantage – i.e. one more passenger or goods. And these are certified to work on All aviation fuels in the world already. (Jet-A as a term is applied to lots of different kerosene based jet fuels – but the certification standards are different from place to place in the world.)

    Also – Compression Ignition engines (diesels) in aviation should NOT be run on “Truck Diesel” as the natural waxes in the fuel can coagulate in cold temps and block valves, lines and injectors – not just the engine compartment, but airframe as well.

  4. David Cree Says:

    Was very disappointed to hear of the engine problems as I was anticipating to purchase one of the new aircraft this year….Looks like 2014 for certain now!!!!

    I really love the idea of 9-11 gals/hr fuel burn of the lesser expensive Jet-A & -ONE lever to control throttle, mixture, and prop control—all automatic. And, of course, the incredible 50+ year enviable safety record.

    I really hope Cessna gets the kinks out soon and gets the aircraft certified!!!

    I’m waiting!!!

  5. Larry Portouw Says:

    The silence on the net about the future of this airframe/engine combination is defening. Is Cessna going forward with certification?

  6. Al Marsh Says:

    Dave,
    Just learned some new information. No, not 2014. It’s “early” 2015 now.

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