Cessna 182RG Future Outlook?
I purchased my first plane close to a year agoâ€¦.a 1980 Cessna 182RG. I chose that model because I trained in a Cessna, like flying a Cessna but I wanted a little more speed than the straight leg 182. With only about 200 hours to go before engine overhaul time, Iâ€™ve been checking into my engine options. Iâ€™d like to get away from the dual mag issue and ideally Iâ€™d like fuel injection. But, as Iâ€™ve been doing some research, Iâ€™m finding that there doesnâ€™t seem to be many options out there for anything other than just getting an overhaul of the exact same engine setup..i.e. o-540 engine, modified to fit the 182RG. The more Iâ€™ve talked with others the more Iâ€™ve learned about how different that engine is and how Cessna needed an engine that was modified to fit in the RG so the nose wheel could retract. Apparently that engine has a specially designed oil pan as well as a side mounted carburetor. That coupled with the fact that Cessna really didnâ€™t manufacture that many RGs during the years they were made, has made me wonder about the future of this plane and if Iâ€™ll be finding parts for the plane, specifically engine related, more and more difficult to get and expensive. Iâ€™m really curious to know if others are finding this same thing out. And, Iâ€™m also curious to know what others have decided regarding their engineâ€¦..overhaul what it came with or did you find another solution with fuel injection and/or more HP. I love flying the 182RG and the speed is good. I wanted a plane capable of 150 knots plus and this one fits that bill. Thank you for any information that you can share with me.