CESSNA 182 SKYLANE BY CARENADO | REVIEW

The Cessna 182 was introduced in 1956 as a tricycle gear variant. This airframe has matured over time with many variants being produced. This variant modeled by CARENADO has the latest technology installed and proves to be top of class. This software company creates some of the best aircraft for many simulated platforms and focuses on creating high quality general aviation aircraft.

The Simulated Aviation Team has flown many aircraft from Carenado and this 182K variant proves to be yet another aircraft that’s very close to reality. The Carenado company employs highly trained professional staff recreating the passion of flight within Microsoft Flight Simulator.  At Microsoft Flight Simulator’s release date of August 18/2020 Carenado provided its premier air frame to the virtual aviator. Having flown the default Cessna 172 G-1000 airframe in the simulator and comparing the 182K version created by Carenado the features provided are very much worth the purchase. Below we will speak about the performances and features provided. 

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Every aspiring new pilot and accomplished aviator has an aircraft they start training on. The high wing airframes are inherently the most stable due to the fuselage being below the wing. This lowers the center of gravity and increases stability during all stages of flight. Thus the most likely start into piloting or even flying mastering your skills would be the Cessna class of aircraft we are discussing here.

Side by side performance comparisons provided below. 

Carenado 182 SKYLANE

Horsepower: 1 x 230 HP
Best Cruise Speed: 141 KIAS
Best Range (i): 550 NM
Fuel Burn @ 75%: 13.5 GPH
Stall Speed: 48 KIAS
Rate of climb: 980 FPM
Ceiling: 18,900 FT
Takeoff distance: 625 FT
Landing distance: 590 FT

Weights 

Gross Weight: 2,800 LBS
Empty Weight: 1,620 LBS
Maximum Payload: 950 LBS
Fuel capacity: 65 GAL

Below is an image of Carenado’s 182

Microsoft Flight Simulator 172

Horsepower: 1 x 150 HP
Best Cruise Speed: 115 KIAS
Best Range (i): 417 NM
Fuel Burn @ 75%: 8.0 GPH
Stall Speed: 43 KIAS
Rate of climb: 645 FPM
Ceiling: 13,100 FT
Takeoff distance: 865 FT
Landing distance: 520 FT

Weights 

Gross Weight: 2,300 LBS
Empty Weight: 1,315 LBS
Maximum Payload:870 LBS
Fuel capacity: 42 GAL

Below is an image of Microsofts 172

Cockpit interior and features are fantastic. Carenado goes over the top and provides functional closing  and opening of the doors and windows. When doors and windows are open the sound of the engine changes and wind noises are drastically increased. Interior design and feeling of the aircraft being complete definitely shines on this aircraft. 

The Garmin system built within this panel is slightly different then the 172. The autopilot is located just over the prop and mixture controls. The autopilot system operates threw the Garmin 1000. The night time lighting is soft and glows on other parts of the interior paneling and seats. 

The most notable difference between the 172 and the 182 is the power increase. The 182 wants to get going fast, the virtual pilot can definitely feel the difference between versions. The 182 having 70 more horsepower and the ability to set the prop pitch gets you moving threw the simulated airstream faster. 

The Carenado 182 dashboard and electronics built into this module don’t effect the frame rates as expected. Given the flight simulators frame rate issues the cockpit has no effect on great frames. The gauges update at the same rate as set within the main settings selected. 

     The Cessna 152, 172, and 182 line up have always been the civilian preferred training airframe. This aircraft series started being built in 1948 and these airframes at this age are still flying today. Currently the total number of aircraft built in this line to date is just over 73,500 units. The number of airframes produced exceeds any other air frame currently being flown globally. Why are we speaking about the 152, and 172? It’s the ancestor or the root of the 182 Skylane. If you spend time speaking to any aviator flying the heavy jets, they all have a special place in their hearts and are very fond of these aircraft. 

      The 182 Skylane currently being built today is a fine-tuned machine as over the years Cessna, based in Wichita, Kansas in the great U.S.A. have mastered this build. The 182 Skylane is the top of class featuring the most power sitting at 230 horse power. New models being built today are very high-class featuring leather seats and upholstery, providing pilots the latest technology navigating with Garmin systems, integrating autopilot into the day to day operations.

     Carenado has done an amazing job engineering this model and recreating this aircraft for the virtual pilot utilizing Microsoft Flight Simulator’s new platform. Simulated Aviation has taken the time reviewing and testing this aircraft over the past few weeks and have some thoughts to share with the community. 

      After placing the 182 Skylane at the airport of your choice, you start the flight at the gate. The default cockpit will load in the cold and dark state with the parking brakes applied. Carenado has provided multiple pdf instructions and check lists to read. After spending some time reviewing the documentation you’re ready to start the procedures. We won’t go over this specifically, however we will tell you this is some of the entertainment and excitement of this product Carenado provides. After starting and confirming the checklists are completed, you’re ready to get flying. 

      This aircraft is very suitable for many flight situations you chose to put both yourself and the plane threw. Given that the new Microsoft Flight sim is such a beautiful environment many virtual pilots are spending considerable time in the mountains and flying bush style, along with flying local areas close to the ground. The 182 is very much built to climb through the mountains and navigate from airport to airport. Having 230 horsepower gives you that extra edge to climb and get above the mountains. The 172 just doesn’t have that power to get you up and going in some scenarios.

IFR flight with the 182 is a blast. Soaring through the clouds and using the G1000 is a breeze. The onboard systems are current with today’s technology and easy to use. Spend some time with your provided pdf files and you will get it. The weather radar functions are fantastic. Providing you the top down direction to stay away from meteorological threats, the amazing feature built in shows you the top and bottom cloud layers and precipitation layers.

      Overall performance of this aircraft on your computer is fantastic. Flying the Piper cub seemed to be the best frame rates we got, but this aircraft is very close behind. For the advanced quality over the stock planes provided with the sim, the frame rates are on par. This for a third party development team is very reasonable, great job Carenado polishing this project off so the mid range PC can run with ease. 

      The flight model is very smooth, flight control surfaces respond as expected, and the elevator trim reaction to control input we absolutely love. When adjusting the trim, it’s not lazy like the default aircraft. This allows you the time to think of other workloads required during various stages of flight. Getting the aircraft to fly as you want and the feedback returned to you makes you truly feel the aircraft. 

      Simulated Aviation has found some faults with the aircraft and only found a couple, very minor by nature. The sound of the engine needs some improvement, during high engine loads the sounds start to get a bit high pitched. If they turn down the frequency it would be more pleasing to the ears. That being said it’s just an opinion with that. While leading the aircraft into a stall or a spin and trying recovery procedures the aircraft didn’t react as expected. The stalls are lazy feeling and the wing drop effects could be improved. The visibility out the right and left window by nature of the airframe when trying to see over the nose sitting higher in your seat is difficult. You will find yourself moving up and down in the seat to see out both windows when looking at approaches. Only a mere annoyance and as stated the 182 upper spar and wing mount requires structural reinforcement due to the weight increase being loaded.

Overall quality of this product from Carenado is very impressive. It’s definitely worth the purchase. You may be thinking that the 172 and 150 default aircraft is good enough for you. But this performance and quality provided is worth it if you enjoy the lower performance 150 and 172.

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