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Pick Your Paint Job

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

The Crossover Classic’s new interior may be in its final strages at Air Mod, but now it’s time to think about the next step in this exceptional Skylane’s restoration. Very soon, Boss Aircraft Refinishers of Salisbury, North Carolina will be preparing to give the airplane a badly needed paint job.

Question is, what kind of paint job? We’re being democratic and letting you vote your preference. Among the four paint schemes presented here–all of them created by Scheme Designers of Cresskill, New York–which one is your favorite. Vote here, and we’ll move forward with the decision. After all, this will be your airplane!

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First flight impressions

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

Today I took delivery of the newly pumped-up Cessna 182. All I can say is, “Wow.” More power is better; 70 more horsepower is definitely better!

Air Plains Services of Wellington, Kansas did a superb job installing the Continental IO-550, Hartzell prop, Flint Aero tip tanks, and the JP Instruments EDM-930 engine data monitor. It was Air Plains’ Jerry Putter who checked me out.

Throw the power to it, rotate at 60 knots, then hang on for a Vx (59 knots) climb rate of 1,900 fpm with two aboard and nearly-full main tanks. The nose seemed to point straight at the sky!

Cruising at 3,000 feet to keep our desired break-in power setting at or above 75-percent, the airspeed indicator needle went halfway into the yellow arc. We made 155 knots indicated, burning 18.3 gph. That’s at a 100-degree rich-of-peak EGT mixture setting. This is quite obviously a 182 on steroids.

I flew the airplane around the Wellington area, picked up the mound of newly-fattened logbooks, with their entries, endorsements, and other paperwork, then launched for the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport. I motored up to final at 120 knots, dropped the second notch of flaps, powered back, then went to full flaps and made a full-stall landing. You can follow that little jaunt on my SPOT link, listed below.

Tomorrow, I leave for Long Beach with Mike Fizer. The plan is to go direct to the Dalhart TX VOR, direct to the Corona NM VOR, then land at Albuquerque for gas. Then it’s off to Long Beach. Again, you can follow my track on my SPOT link: