Cessna 210: Systems & Procedures

Cessna Pilots Assocation

Course: Cessna 210 S&P

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

Cessna 210: Systems & Procedures Course

If you own, fly or maintain any of the Cessna 210 models, this course is for you. The three 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

By the late 1950’s the Cessna Aircraft Company had established its products as the dominant forces 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 be done on the possibilities of a 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. At the beginning, the development work was done under the 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.

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 210, you’ll jump right into the technical analysis of the aircraft. Paul will take you through the Airframe.

You’ll then 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 continue discussions on the Fuel and Landing Gear Systems.

The next two days will cover everything from the Electrical System, Wheels & Brakes to Powerplant and the Propeller. The second day will wrap up with a trip to the airport for a Hands-on Aircraft Inspection.

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
  • • 8:30-9:30 a.m. — 210 History
  • • 9:30-9:45 a.m. — Break
  • • 9:45-11:45 a.m. — Airframe
  • • 11:45-1:00 p.m. — Lunch
  • • 1:00-2:30 p.m. — Electrical
  • • 2:30-2:45 p.m. — Break
  • • 2:45-4:00 p.m. — Landing Gear Retraction System
  • • 4:00-5:30 p.m. — Fuel System


  • • 8:00-9:15 a.m. — Powerplant
  • • 9:15-9:30 a.m. — Break
  • • 9:30-10:45 a.m. — Powerplant (continued)
  • • 10:45-11:00 a.m. — Break
  • • 11:00-12:00 p.m. — Powerplant
  • • 12:00-1:15 p.m. — Lunch
  • • 1:15-2:15 p.m. — Powerplant and Propeller
  • • 2:15-2:30 p.m. — Break
  • • 2:30-3:30 p.m. — Flight Controls & Rigging Check Flight
  • • 3:30-3:45 p.m. — Break and Move to Hangar
  • • 3:45-5:30 p.m. — Hands On Familiarization – Select Aircraft


  • • 8:00-10:00 a.m. — Powerplant Management
  • • 10:00-10:15 a.m. — Break
  • • 10:15-11:15 a.m. — Wheels and Brakes
  • • 11:15-12:30 p.m. — Lunch
  • • 12:30-1:15 p.m. — Utility Systems
  • • 1:15-1:30 p.m. — Break
  • • 1:30-2:30 p.m. — Air Conditioning and Pressurization
  • • 2:30-3:30 p.m. — Modifications & Refurbishment
  • • 3:30-4:30 p.m. — Open Forum

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