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May 23, 2005, 08:22 AM
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what's difference between cessna 182 and cessna 172

I saw many picture of cessna 182 and cessna 172, but I can't find the difference, it seems the same?!
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May 23, 2005, 08:27 AM
The 182 has a larger engine than the 172. Usually 230hp or 235hp depending on the model and year versus 180hp for the new ones and around 150 for the older ones. There are a few more differences as well. 182 has cowl flaps, more fuel, etc.

May 23, 2005, 08:29 AM
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I'm in no way an expert, but believe the main difference is engine and propeller combos.

The 182 has constant speed propeller and available with a greater range of [i.e more powerful] engines. The 172 had fixed pitch propeller only.

I *think* the airframes had more or less identical outlines, but could be wrong.

May 23, 2005, 09:18 AM
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yes, I just browse, I found the cowl and propeller is difference.
May 23, 2005, 09:38 AM
The tail is a little different and the windshield is a little more bulbous as well.

May 23, 2005, 10:03 AM
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For the purposes of sport scale you can get away with one model and call it either a 182 or 172. If you are going for Top Gun stuff, then more attention to all those details would be important.

There have been many variations on the 172/182 over the years, including the retractable gear versions (Skyhawk I think?). The difference between a new 172 and a very old one is in many cases more dramatic than the difference in the 172/182 in any given year.

The good thing is that you can build one wing and use it on almost any of the fuselage variations

May 23, 2005, 01:38 PM
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182-172= 10 .... the difference is 10 !

Sorry ;-)
May 23, 2005, 02:05 PM
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ok.. C-172 O-300 Continental ( 145 hp) to IO-310 Continental ( 195 hp for Hawk XP) Most were 150/160 hp Lyc. 35' 10" to 36' 2" ws.. 2200 lb Gross weight 26' 5" fuse lenght... fixed pitch prop ( const speed on Hawk XP) and a very sick rate of climb with 4 on board on a hot day... it will make it to 7500' with 3 on board and bags... Retractable 172 was the Cutlass ( GUTLESS!)

C-182: Continental O-470 ( 230 hp) newer have Lycoming Constant speed prop. Larger rear side and flat Aft panel rear window. same ws and lenght, 2800 lbs gross weight, larger rudder/fin ... rule of thumb with a 182.. if you can get it into the airplane and close the door, it will fly...
this generally fits the 64' thru 78' 172's and 182's... Dave Blum has a nice 3 view plan for both
May 23, 2005, 02:07 PM
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having owned a 56' 172, 65' 172, and 67' 182, I preferred either the 56' straight tail 172 or the 182...
May 23, 2005, 02:09 PM
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but the REAL difference is about $35,000 for any given year
May 23, 2005, 02:28 PM
And the 182 looks sleeker, cause the body is overall more streamlined then the 172
May 23, 2005, 04:34 PM
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Actually, there is a considerable difference between the 172 and 182. While having the same span and wing lay out, the fuselages ar totally different. The 182 is wider and deeper. Tail planes (as mentioned in another response) is completely different. The list goes on....

As for engines, the 182 had a Continental O-470 in most models, with the later models having the Lycoming IO-540. There have been 540 conversions on some of the earlier birds, as well.

The 172 had the Continental O-300, 145 hp, the Lycoming O-320 E2D, O-320 H2AD, and is currently being produced with the Lycoming O-360.

I agree with the gent that likes the old square-tailed fastback models (1956-1959). They are more stable, a tad bit faster (when Cessna went to the Omni-Vision rear windows, the drag really killed the speed.)
May 23, 2005, 05:38 PM
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Our first Cessna 172 was N5000A... Natural aluminum and yellow...I looked its N Number up a few months ago and was happy to see that it still survives and rest between flights in Texas...I wonder how many hours it has on it by now..

The 172 used a fixed pitch prop, while the 182 used a constant speed variable pitch prop..If I remember correctly the indicated airspeed difference was about 35 mph..
Fuel consumption went up proportionatly too...

Shutting the door on a load !!...You bet....and that is why I like the Piper Cherokee 235 also...Both good reliable workhorses with decent speed and good looks.....I never meaured them for comparison, but I always thought the 182 was a couple of inches wider in the cockpit area...There always seemed like there was a bit more shoulder room in the Skylane..
May 24, 2005, 02:47 AM
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The biggest difference is that they're not the 206.
May 24, 2005, 07:43 AM
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Or the 210

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