The TR182 - One System at a Time: The Manual Wastegate Control

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1 month 4 days ago - 1 month 3 days ago #3473 by Nathan Wolfe
I utilize 31 inches at 2400 rpm and climb at 95 to 100 Kts.

Per the POH, the engine in this aircraft is fine to run at 31 inches and 2400 RPM continuously to 20,000 ft. See section 2-5 of the POH, "Powerplant Limitations".

The engine in the TR182 is incredibly de-tuned. The Lycoming 540 puts out 350 HP in other applications (Piper M350 and a few twins). Even in California summers (35-40c) I don’t find I run hot in the climb. I know it’s common to pull back to 24 squared in the climb on many other aircraft but It just isn’t required on this aircraft.

On a side Note: There are 6 TR182s here at Livermore (KLVK) and a quick survey of several of the owners indicate a similar approach (31" @ 2400) in the climb.
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1 month 4 days ago #3472 by Andrew Karnani
Hi Nathan,

Thank you for the detailed thoughts! I'm curious what climb power you're using to climb like a scalded angel?

On my (new-to-me) TR182 when I bring the power back to 25" and climb at 90kias, I'm seeing a more modest 500fpm climb even several hundred lbs under MTOW.

Thanks,
Andrew

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1 month 1 week ago #3460 by STEVE ELLS
Troy,

Thanks for adding those tips.

Steve

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1 month 1 week ago #3459 by STEVE ELLS
I'm aviation's answer to insomnia!!

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1 month 1 week ago #3454 by Troy Whistman
Nice article, Nathan. I also own/fly a 1980 Cessna Skylane TR182, and my observations mirror yours.

The only other thing I would add is that every time the cowling is off for those oil changes, use some Mouse Milk on the wastegate shaft and linkages, and dribble some along the wire-wound sheath that wraps the control cable from the carburetor to the wastegate.

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1 month 1 week ago #3453 by Nathan Wolfe
Thanks Steve!
I have to admit you inspired me. I love reading your articles!

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