Cessna Pilots Assocation

Course: 210 (1972 and Later) S&P

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

1972 and Later 210 Systems & Procedures Course

Our 1972 and later 210 Systems & Procedures Course covers the 1972-1986 210 models. It is intended for the following models: 210L, T210L, 210M, T210M, 210N, T210N, P210N, 210R, T210R, P210R.

The three-and-a-half-day course covers the details of every system in the 210: Flight Controls, Landing Gear, Electrical, Hydraulic, Fuel, Pressurization, Propeller, Powerplant and Engine Management. Thursday afternoon will start off with the history and general introduction to the 210. You’ll then jump right into the technical analysis of the aircraft. On the second day, you’ll begin with the Landing Gear Retraction System. This will be followed by Wheels and Brakes, the Fuel System, and Powerplant. Saturday is all about the Electrical Systems, the Propeller and Powerplant Management. The day will wrap up with a Hands-on Aircraft Inspection. The final day of the course will continue with discussions on Tactical Data Analysis and Utilities.

A Bit of 210 History

By the late 1950’s the Cessna Aircraft Company had established its products as the dominant force in every significant general aviation market except one, the high-performance single. This lack of a high-performance single also represented a hole in Cessna’s step-up theory of marketing. Cessna aimed to have people learn to fly in a 150 or 172, buy a 172, then move right on up the line culminating with stepping into a Cessna 310.

But there was that hole in the product line, and a big hole it was. Cessna had nothing in its product line to cap off the stepping up of those pilots that were going to remain in single-engine aircraft. Dwane Wallace, the man who was the Cessna Aircraft Co., was not pleased with this situation, so in 1955 he directed studies to be done on the possibilities of retractable gear, high-performance Cessna single engine aircraft.

The decision was made to attempt to come up with a retractable version of the just being introduced tricycle gear 182 Skylane. In the beginning, the development work was done under model number 185. The first engineering prototype, s/n 616, N1296, took to the air on February 25, 1957. It really did look like a 182.

In August of 1958, the development of a second prototype had begun. The program name was changed from 185 to 210. This prototype was used for FAA certification tests and the Cessna 210 received its FAA type certificate on April 20, 1959.

In 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 of why CPA began offering these very comprehensive Systems & Procedures Courses.

You’ll leave this course knowing more about your 210 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

210 (1972 and later) Systems and Procedures Courses

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