recently as 2013, CAP received 10 of their
In late 2008, program
began refurbishing the Cessna 172s as a lesscostly option to buying new aircraft. Although CAP
buys 15-20 new Cessna 182s annually, the smaller
172 was chosen for refurb because it has a lowerhorsepower engine, is easier for less-experienced
pilots to fly and is cheaper to operate and maintain.
The refurbishment includes replacing the oldstyle analog gauges with more modern avionics
suites. In addition to the Aspen EFD 1000 flight
display system, with a glass-cockpit-style digital
artificial horizon and HSI (Horizontal Situation
Indicator), the Dream 172 features the Garmin
GNS-430 GPS navigation receiver, fully certified
for IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) flight. The result
is an aircraft with virtually all the functionality of a
brand-new plane at a fraction of the cost.
To date, 26 aircraft have been refurbished. The
goal is to upgrade five each year.
refurbishing 172s able to upgrade four
existing airplanes for the cost of one new
Schneider said. refurbishing an aircraft
essentially extended the service life by at least 10
years and at the same time upgraded onboard
avionics systems to technology, improving
situational awareness and safety for our
Cadets attending the
Johnson Flight Academy
work to inflate a Civil Air
Patrol hot-air balloon, one
of two CAP balloons
available for flight.
This year, the fleet is adding 17 Cessna 182Ts,
each costing about $662,200, and two turboequipped T206Hs, each with a price tag of around
In August, national commander, Maj.
Gen. Joe Vazquez, accepted one of the new 182Ts
at the Cessna manufacturing plant in Kansas. The
remaining 16 are slated to be delivered by the end
of the year.
chosen the T206H because a very
versatile platform, has greater lift capacity and can
be adapted to a variety of different CAP mission
systems, like full-motion video and other sensor
Schneider said. also like the fact it