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.
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