April 15, 2010
By Alton K. Marsh
Texas Skyways of Boerne, Texas, plans to expand its Cessna re-engining business to include a 310-horsepower Continental IO-550-N engine for the Cessna 182 S and T models. It is hoped the STC will be awarded by the FAA in July or August.
Jack Johnson of Texas Skyways said a converted Cessna 182 should cruise in excess of 160 KIAS. The cost is expected to be $65,000 to $75,000.
The company has offered engine conversions for the Cessna 182 since 1964 and has converted 800 aircraft. The conversions include the 285-hp O-550 F/TS and 280-hp O-520 F/TS engines for the Cessna 182.
The company also offers engine conversions for the Cessna 180,185, 205, 206, 207, and 210 models.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
Despite a dramatic decline in 2014 helicopter deliveries, forecasters at Honeywell Aerospace project a steady stream of deliveries over the next five years.
Bell Helicopter has made the first delivery of the Bell 429WLG (wheeled landing gear) in North America.
Garmin International will offer the GDL 84H and GDL 88H Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) datalink specifically designed for helicopters.
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