I own 3 straight tail 182's and recently purchased (got a steal on) a super low time 1975 182P. Its sat since 1996, so we are doing a full "re-build" and my goal is to build it up into a bad ass super light weight jump plane. I'm not necessarily looking for the fastest climb to 10,000 feet, but the fastest turn around (wheels up to wheels down)
I've thinking about other mod's, not only prop/engine, but anything else that will help make this plane the fastest around. I've seen TX skyways has a pending STC to install a IO-550N which would make for 310 continues HP, but they are only going to offer it for the S and T models. Think a field approval is possible for the P model? If I can't do the 550N, what do you guys think about the TX skyways IO-520D ?
I'd like to focus on the airframe to. I'm a little torn over the ART wing extensions. Seem's like a high price to pay for not a huge climb improvement. I think I am sold on the Sportsman STOL, but wondering if the ART wing X is really worth the $5k + install?