The Cessna 182 Skylane is an anchor in civil aviation. It’s hard to pass by a municipal airport and not see a few of these lurking in the shadows or taxiing along for another flight. Flyzone has re-issued the 182 Skylane with upgraded electronics onboard and we got our hands on one for a test flight. See how the Flyzone Cessna 182 RTF handles the 5X5 review…
Our Skylane arrived in it’s RTF packaging with the promise of simple assembly and quick “flight ready” status. As stated, ours was together in a snap with minimal tools required and perfect alignment. The included Tactic TTX-600 radio seemed a good fit for the application and after some control surface verification and a quick check of the CG, we were ready to fly!
Our test day had winds gusting over 8 mph at times, but the sky was clear and we were committed so we started our taxi. The tricycle landing gear kept the Cessna firmly planted on the ground with excellent taxi control. We went ahead and dialed in about 20% flaps for the initial roll out and in no time the Cessna was in the air. The powerplant produced impressive thrust and we found ourselves carving just about any line we desired without having to fight the controls. A quick flip of the rates switch to high rates did makes things more comfortable. On calm days, you may be able to enjoy the docile response of low rates, but on our windy day high rates were definitely a benefit.
Rolls, loops, and beautiful flat turns were all easily accomplished with the Cessna and if you’re into scale flight, you’ll be very satisfied with the characteristics of the Cessna. Run times were long and consistent and the flaps add some extra fun for low speed passes and touch and go’s. Finally, it was time to bring it in, so we dropped flaps on the downwind about 45% and turned for the final. The Cessna lined up nicely and did a great job of helping us forget the wind. A completely predictable and stable glide slope leveled off to some great handling in ground effect and the Cessna touched down. By all means a textbook flight!
With our prevailing wind conditions we really got to test the full flight envelope and the Cessna put on an exemplary performance. With stable handling at high and low speeds, the Cessna will help any pilot transitioning from 3 to 4 channel flight build solid confidence and skills.