Cessna’s Turbo 182 NXT brings Jet A fuel engine to piston market
Well known for their small, piston-powered aircrafts and high-end business jets like the Citation M2, the Citation Mustang high Sierra edition business jet, and Citation Ten, to name a few, Cessna Aircraft Company has now introduced an innovative and exclusively new technology for single-engine air-jets that will usher in advanced flying capabilities and increases the flying flexibility of general aviation. With the use of this new technology, Cessna’s Model 182 Skylane will now be available as the Turbo 182 NXT equipped with a French manufacturer Safran made SMA 230-horsepower engine, a first-of-its-kind in the single-engine aviation industry specially designed to run a more affordable and widely available Jet A aviation fuel.
As described, Cessna’s new Turbo 182 NXT delivers a solution that the aviation market has been asking for so long. Its 230 horsepower Jet A engine will offers its customers an increased flying range and significantly greater payload capacity and doesn’t sacrifice performance. Further, direct operating costs will be significantly lowered, thanks to the Jet A fuel.
A result of market research, the Turbo 182 NXT has undergone extensive reliability and flight testing. Further, the Safran-made efficient SMA engine is engineered specifically for aviation industry and is already EASA and FAA certified. While flying at the estimated cruise speed of 155 knots at max, the engine only consumes 11-gallons per hour of the low-cost Jet A fuel.
The Turbo 182 NXT not only comes with obvious performance benefits but also with environment benefits, as the fuel technology used in this engine eliminates concerns about harmful carbon-monoxide emissions, propeller control, fuel mixtures and exhaust gases. Actually, the engine operates at a lower propeller speed, resulting which the turbocharger technology delivers a quarter flight line and reduces harmful noise pollution, along with zero CO emissions and zero lead emissions.
With a seating capacity of 4, maximum cruise speed of 1,160 nautical miles and certified ceiling to 20,000 feet, the Turbo 182 NXT will be made available in next year’s second quarter at a base piece of $515,000, thus replacing the avgas-burning Turbo 182.