A "Fresh Pick" STC for Your Cessna
Now there's a new Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) that will increase the useful load of your Cessna 182P or 182Q by 150 to 160 pounds, and your ramp weight (in most cases) by 160 pounds.
Best of all, this new STC requires no parts, no modifications, and no installation labor costs. One low initial price, and your airplane suddenly gains greater utility, value, and safety benefits.
How did we do this? By investing in a multi-year FAA engineering, flight test, and certification program. We call the STC a Fresh Pick because no similar STC has been introduced for your airplane since it was built some 28 to 36 years ago.
Our FAA Approved STC (SA03608AT) allows:
- An increase in useful load of 150 - 160 pounds
- A potential increase in in payload of up to 160 pounds
- A ramp weight increase to 3110 pounds (up from 2950 or 2960 pounds)
- A Maximum Gross Takeoff Weight (MGTOW) of 3100 pounds (up from 2950)
- An increase of 260 to 310 nautical miles or more in range *
- An increase of 2 to 2.6 hours or more in endurance *
- The widest CG range of any fixed gear Cessna 182 ever built
* These numbers assume that the increased MGTOW is used for fuel only, and will vary with specific fuel consumption and your chosen cruise power settings.
Growth Trends in Cessna 182 Weights
The chart below illustrates why the STC is an important contributor to increasing the usefulness, utility, value, and safety of the Cessna 182P and 182Q airplanes. Note that the line depicted for our STC suggests that the highest ever 182 useful loads available are for the 1972-1975 182P models. However, take this all with a grain of salt; the empty weight reference is the Cessna "standard" for those years, and your airplane may very well be heavier today. All we can promise is an increase in useful load of at least 150 pounds for every 182P and 182Q ever built.
How will you use it?
You have several choices. Most commonly, you'll likely use the STC for the flexibility to carry full fuel in the tanks. This option (which offers about an additional 25 US gallons) comes with the peace of mind that only added range and endurance can provide... especially in the face of unexpected weather or the need to divert to an alternate. In these days of higher fuel prices, this also might let you avoid an extra fuel stop and all the flight inefficiencies and costs that it portends. (Of course, don't get lulled into passing by that fuel stop when it's really needed.) Needless worry and sweat about near empty fuel guages over hostile terrain is something we all want to avoid.
A comparison with the later Cessnas