For those out there that have experience with straight tail 182's -- what's a realistic power setting/gph to fly along at 65% or so?
I am starting to consider some of the straight tail 182's out there. Even though I want a tailwheel - the 182 price/load/capability seems to be making the most sense for my mission of exploring Utah and being able to cross country. I had not looked at them because of the 470 and cost to operate, but now it seems running the numbers 90% of the time I can fly it like a smaller engined airplane.
Auto STC: Yes it's getting harder to find non-ethanol fuel -- is there anyone working on mods so they can handle a bit of ethanol?
There appears to be a nice one in Caldwell, ID I am checking out.
In researching I found a thread on here from 2008 where a Sarah was looking at a 182 for 25k and the surprise to the pricing... now it seems not so shocking. The start of the values declining.