Actually not that much difference in the 170 v. 180 v. early 172 v. early 182. Someone else can check me but I believe it is a difference of two inches.zane wrote:I do not feel sorry for you guys.
a64pilot wrote: Now that makes me feel a little better. I always thought my Maule was a lot smaller. I guess I'm just old and fat now.
qmdv wrote:That is when the 182 got the rep for being nose heavy cus in 62 it was. I chalenge anybody to land a stock 1962 182 as slow as I can land my 1959 182 unless he has three cases of oil in the bagage comp.
Sierra Hotel wrote:Mike, qmdv just demonstrated the value of BCP - his advice to join the Cessna Pilot's Association is sterling. I bought the Cessna 182 Buyer's Guide from CPA, and it was the single best investment I made when researching my aircraft purchase last year.
According to the Guide, the early 180 and 182's had the same fuselage with the introduction of the 182 in 1956. In fact, the '56 and some '57's still had the gearbox for the 180's main gear installed. In 1962, Cessna widened the fuselage 4" and lowered the floor 3/4".
I was torn between wanting the wider fuselage of the post '62 planes, and the manual flaps and "flying tail" of the earlier models.
I bought a '58 last year, and was concerned over cabin size being 6'4" and 280 (at the time). One factor for me was that 5077D has 6" bubble windows, which make a HUGE difference in shoulder room. It lets me or the co-pilot lean away from one another for "breathing room", and I can prop an elbow up in the window well too, lending to the "roominess" factor. Since September, I have embarked on a program to reduce the plane's weight and maximize payload. I am moving the battery to the firewall, which will save some 20#, and I took 40# off the pilot frame, which helps with the weight forward position of the 182's, not to mention creating more room in the cockpit! Cheapest method I could find for taking weight out of the plane! Another 20 to go . . .
Good luck with your search.
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