Cessna Pilots Assocation

Course: Legacy 182 S&P

Learn more about your Cessna than 99% of owners will ever know.

Cessna 182R and Earlier: Systems & Procedures Course

If you own, fly, or maintain any of the Cessna 182 Legacy models, this course is for you. The two days of classes cover the details of every system in the aircraft: flight controls, landing gear, electrical, hydraulic, fuel, pressurization, propeller, power plant and engine management. This year we’re also adding tactical and strategic engine data analysis.


Paul New will be your instructor for this class. Paul holds an FAA Airframe & Powerplant Certificate with FAA Inspection Authorization. He was an FAA Designated Airworthiness Representative for a few years as well. In 2007 he was selected as the FAA National Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year.

A Bit of History

As general aviation moved into the mid-1950s, tricycle landing gear became the rage. First popularized on the single engine retractable gear aircraft such as the Bonanza, Navion and Mooney, its advantages in most situations of better visibility, improved ground handling and ease of aircraft entry were desirable to many pilots. So for the 1956 model year Cessna decided to introduce tricycle gear versions of the Cessna 170 and 180, to be called the Cessna 172 and Cessna 182 respectively.

Cessna, always being a marketing driven company, decided in 1958 to come up with a deluxe version of the 182 and to give it a name. So anyone who bought a 1958 182 with

an upgraded interior, three color overall exterior paint, full gyro instrument panel and wheel fairings actually received a 182 SKYLANE.

The first section of the course you’ll take a look at all the upgrades and modifications by model year. You’ll have a better understanding as to why CPA began offering these very comprehensive Systems & Procedures Courses.

After walking through the history and general introduction to the Skylane, you’ll jump right into the technical analysis of the aircraft. Paul will take you through the Airframe and Powerplant.

Then you’ll take a break and enjoy lunch, where you can eat and get to know each other. Of course, for pilots, the main topic is what else but airplanes!

The afternoon will wrap up the Powerplant section. You’ll move to the sections on the Propeller and Electrical. The day will wrap up with a trip to the airport for a Hands-on Aircraft Inspection.

Wake up the second morning to a full breakfast and lots of coffee. The course will continue with discussions on Flight Controls, Landing Gear, Powerplant Management, Fuel Systems and more. 

You’ll leave this course knowing more about your plane than you ever thought possible.

Course Syllabus


  • • 8:00-8:30 a.m. — Welcome and Introductions
  • • 8:30-9:45 a.m. — Airframe
  • • 9:45-10:00 a.m. — Break
  • • 10:00-12:00 p.m. — Powerplant
  • • 12:00-1:15 p.m. — Lunch
  • • 1:15-3:15 p.m. — Powerplant and Propeller
  • • 3:15-3:30 p.m. — Break
  • • 3:30-4:30 p.m. — Flight Controls and Rigging
  • • 4:30-5:45 p.m. — Hands-on Aircraft Inspection


  • • 8:00-9:30 a.m. — Powerplant Management
  • • 9:30-10:45 a.m. — Fuel Systems
  • • 10:45-11:00 a.m. — Break
  • • 11:00-12:00 p.m. — Electrical
  • • 12:00-1:15 p.m. — Lunch
  • • 1:15-2:15 p.m. — Landing Gear
  • • 2:15-3:15 p.m. — Utility Systems
  • • 3:15-3:30 p.m. — Break
  • • 3:30-4:30 p.m. — Open Forum

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