Cessna Pilots Assocation

Course: R/TR-182 S&P

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

R/TR 182: Systems & Procedures Course

Our R/TR 182 Systems & Procedures Course covers the 1978 through 1986 R/TR182 models. It is intended for the R182 and TR182 models.

The two day course covers the details of every system in the 182: Flight Controls, Landing Gear, Electrical, Hydraulic, Fuel, Pressurization, Propeller, Powerplant and Engine Management. After walking through the history and general introduction to the 182, you’ll jump right into the technical analysis of the aircraft. Paul will take you through the Airframe, Flight Controls, and Landing Gear. In the afternoon you’ll move to the sections on the Fuel System and Powerplant. Day 1 will wrap up with a trip to the airport for a Hands-on Aircraft Inspection. On the second day, the course will continue with discussions on the Electrical System, Propeller, Powerplant Management, and more.

Expected Schedule of Topics:

Day 1 – History, Airframe, Flight Controls and Rigging, Landing Gear, Wheels and Brakes, Fuel System, and Hands on Aircraft Inspection

Day 2 – Powerplant, Electrical, Propeller, Powerplant Management, Tactical Data Analysis, Utility Systems

A Bit of 182 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 2,000 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.

You’ll leave this course knowing more about your 182 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

R/TR 182 Systems and Procedures Courses

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