Cessna Pilots Assocation

Course: R/TR-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 R/TR-182 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

The 1978 model year brought Cessna’s introduction of the R182, also known as the  SKYLANE RG. Cessna took the basic 182 airframe, modified it to accept a retractable landing gear system patterned to some degree after the system that was being used in the 177RG Cardinal RG. In a real departure from 182 tradition, Cessna installed a Lycoming engine in the R182 as opposed to a Continental 470 series that had been used in all previous variants of the 182. The Lycoming O-540-J3C5D engine produced 235 horsepower. 

For the 1979 model year, Cessna would come up with a homebrewed turbocharging system for the Lycoming engine and the TR182 was born. While most systems are identical between the 182 and the R182 except for landing gear and engine, there is sufficient difference between the aircraft that the Cessna Pilots Association developed the R/TR182 course.

The retractable gear R182 and TR182 were offered from 1978 to 1986. Only 2000 RGs were built in both turbo and normally aspirated variants, which explains why you don’t see many of these on the ramp. 

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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