Cessna will now offer a new engine in its Skylane 182 that is designed to run on Jet A aviation fuel, the company said on Monday. At a news conference at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Cessna officials said that with the Safran-made SMA engine, the Turbo 182 NXT will cruise at 155 knots and burn about 11 gallons per hour. The engine is already certified by both FAA and EASA. “This is something the market was really asking for,” said Jeff Umscheid, one of the team of Cessna staffers on hand. The aircraft will start deliveries in the second quarter of next year, Umscheid said, and will replace the 182 avgas version. The engine is paired with a three-blade composite prop. The NXT weighs only about 15 pounds more overall than the standard 182, Umscheid said.
“This is a game-changer that opens up new markets and new regions of the world due to its versatility and performance,” Umscheid said. He added that the airplane will burn about 30 percent less fuel than the avgas version. It will be simpler to operate, with just a single power lever for the engine, and can fly for more hours between overhauls. Diesel fuel is much more widely available worldwide, opening up global markets for the airplane. The four-seat NXT will sell for $515,000, and comes equipped with the Garmin G1000 avionics suite. Range is about 1,160 nautical miles, with a fuel capacity of 87 gallons. “This shows the direction Cessna is going — focused on the Jet A fuel,” Umscheid said at AirVenture.