Cessna 210 Centurion
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Information on the 210 Centurion
The Cessna 210 Centurion is a 6 seat, high-performance, single-engine general aviation aircraft which was first flown in January 1957. Production was completed in 1985.
The aircraft was offered in a normally aspirated version, designated the model 210, as well as the turbocharged T210 and the pressurized P210 versions.
Cessna 210s produced after 1966 had a cantilever wing. Some models featured de-icing boots as an option.
The Cessna 210 was offered in several variants. The 210N, T210N (turbocharged), and P210N (pressurized) versions were produced in the greatest quantity. The rarest and most expensive models were the T210R and P210R, which were produced only in small quantities in 1985-86.
The early strut-winged Cessna 210 was developed into a fixed-gear aircraft known as the Cessna 205. This spawned an entirely new family of Cessna aircraft including the Cessna 206 and the eight seat 207.
The main competitors to the 210 are the Beechcraft 36 Bonanza, Piper Saratoga, and Piper Malibu.
The 210 is preferred by many operators because it has the speed and carrying capacity of many twin-engined aircraft with the economy of only one engine. Outside USA, it is common in Southern Africa, Australia & Papua New Guinea. The largest known fleet of 210's (59 aircraft) is operated by Flight Express of Orlando, Florida. Outside the U.S., a fleet of 7 Cessna 210 is operated in Windhoek, Namibia by an air charter operator.
In most cases insurance companies require type-specific training and/or simulator training for pilots to fly such an aircraft. Several simulator training companies offers such services, including FlightSafety International in Kansas and Flight Level Aviation in Pennsylvania.
O&N Aircraft offers a turboprop conversion known as the "Silver Eagle."
While flying an early model 210A, famed test pilot Scott Crossfield crashed and died in the woods of Georgia on April 20, 2006; the preliminary NTSB report indicates the pilot crashed after flying into a severe (Level 6) thunderstorm and does not note any mechanical or aircraft design defect leading to this crash.
Cessna re-introduced three single engine models in the 1990s that had been out of production since 1986 - the Cessna 172, 182 and 206. The 210 was not reintroduced at that time as it was company policy that all re-introduced aircraft would be recertified to the latest FAR Part 23 standards instead of the original CAR-3 standards. Due to its single spar wing structure, the 210 could not meet the current certifcation standards. This left a gap in the Cessna line for a high-performance single engine aircraft that was quickly filled by competitors such as the Cirrus SR22 and Columbia 400. In 2006 Cessna announced that they will produce a new aircraft, known while under development as the Cessna NGP. This new aircraft will fill the gap left in the Cessna line when the 210 went out of production in 1986.
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(210N Centurion II)
Crew: one pilot
Capacity: 5 passengers (plus pilot)
Length: 28ft 2in
Wingspan: 39ft 9 in
Height: 9ft 8in
Wing area: 181 sq ft
Empty: 2400 lb
Loaded: 4016 lb
Maximum takeoff: 4000 lb
Powerplant: Continental TSIO-520-R Take Off Power: 310 BHP Max Continuous: 285 BHP
Maximum speed: 199 knots (T/P Versions)
Range: 1000nm 75% power at 24,000 ft
Service ceiling: 27,000 ft
Rate of climb: 930 ft/min
Wing loading: 22.9 lb/ft? ( kg/m?)
Power/Mass: 0.0775 hp/lb
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