Texas Skyways offers several choices of power upgrades with New, Zero Time Factory Rebuilt or overhauled Engines for your aircraft. As well as offering 2500hrs TBO on all of our options for Cessna 180 and 182.
The Texas Skyways staff is well experienced in the testing and certification process and maintenance of aircraft.
1953 Cessna 180 up thru 1986 182
A long-time favorite is the 285 HP O-550-F/TS for the 1953 180 thru the 1986 182. Our aircraft equipped with this engine cruises at 163 KTAS with a rate of climb of 1600 FPM. The Takeoff roll at gross weight is 400’.
And still another long-time favorite is the 280HP O-520-F/TS for the 1953 180 thru the 1986 182. The performance of this engine is basically the same as achieved with the O-550 up to about 10,000’. Another reason for the popularity of this engine is it is several thousand dollars less than the O-550.
One other option; for less money, is the O-470-U/TS 250 HP for the 1953 180 thru the 1986 182. This engine is rated at 250 HP, however, on the test cell developed 263 HP. This engine performs well with either the 2 blade or 3 blade propeller. If you already have a McCauley C204 you are in luck! The combination of this engine and propeller will give an increase in speed of 12-14 MPH.
After the Texas Skyways improvements to the oil systems, the O-470, O-520 and the O-550 will have a 2,500 hour TBO. To maximize performance of the O-520 and the O-550 upgrades we recommend the 3-Blade Hartzell Buccaneer propeller.
Cessna 185 up thru T210
The IO-550 engine upgrade is available for the Cessna 185 thru 210 Models. These engines are 300 continuous horsepower. The IO-550 is simply a more efficient engine with the longer stroke of the crankshaft and cylinders. Our tests show an increase of about 10-14 knots in cruise and an increase in climb of about 3-400 FPM with only a slight increase in fuel flow.
The IO-520 engine upgrade is available for Cessna 185 thru Cessna 210 Models. The 300 HP engine, model IO-520-F/D and the 285 HP IO-520, are designed to fit your Cessna as a replacement for your original engine. The IO-520 F/D for your Cessna 185, 205, 206, 207 and 210 Models are 300 HP engines with 5 minute limitations. The IO-520 for your Cessna 205 is rated at 285 HP continuous.
THERE ARE NO AIRFRAME OR COWLING MODIFICATIONS, AND NO FLAP RESTRICTIONS ON ANY OF THE UPGRADES LISTED!
Cessna 182S, 182T and T182T
The most powerful engine approved for a Cessna 182S,182T,T182T is the 310 HP IO-550-N to replace the 230 HP Lycoming. After 7 years of engineering and testing, Texas Skyways has received FAA approval for installation of this more powerful engine. This engine has a tuned top induction and tuned exhaust system. A 182 equipped with this engine can easily achieve under 400’ takeoff at gross weight, and over 1700 FPM climb rate with max speed achieved being over 200 MPH.