Questions and Answers: Modifying a 182B and a New Generator for a Cessna 150

Written by Steve Ells
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01-13

Q: Steve,

I’m the proud owner of a 1959 Cessna 182. I think these older 182s perform much better than the newer, more complex (electric flaps, fancy upholstery, etc.) Skylanes.

However, there are drawbacks to my airplane—the biggest is the small fuel capacity (65 gallons) of which only 55 gallons are usable. That’s just not enough for me. I like to get up in the air, trim her up, turn on the autopilot and cruise for hours. Every time I have to descend and land to fill up my tanks I’ve lost lots of time. Can I add bigger tanks?

I have a second question. I have seen newer 182s that have what another pilot on the field calls an extended baggage compartment. I’ve looked inside the tailbone when my 182 is in for an annual and it sure looks like there’s lots of room back there for things like skis.

Can I extend my baggage compartment?

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