We are going to fly a Cessna 210 Centurion, which Ed bought new in 1977. It is a 6 seat single engine airplane, powered by a 300 HP Continental IO‑520‑L engine. It has a cruising speed of 160 KTS (185 MPH). The normal fuel quantity is 90 gallons, but this aircraft is equipped with long-range wing-tip tanks providing an extra 32 gallons, for a range of 1350 miles. The certified take off weight is 3800 lbs.
Since some of the legs of our trip are more than 2500 miles, additional fuel is required. We will be carrying an additional 162 gallons of fuel in three tanks located behind us in the cabin, where passenger seats are normally located, requiring a special ferry permit from the FAA. With this additional fuel we will be able to fly our longest legs with a reserve of 500 miles or about three hours.
The instrument panel includes a Bendix/King KLN 90B GPS (Global Positioning System). ILS and VOR navigation and VHF radio communication. An Argus 5000/CE moving map for navigation. A solid state transponder, a Stomscope for thunderstorm detection and a high frequency radio transceiver.
|maximum at sea level||175||knots|
|cruise, 75% power at 6500 ft||171||knots|
|75% power at 6500 ft, 534 pounds usable fuel|
|maximum range at 10,000 ft, 534 pounds usable fuel|
|rate of climb at sea level||860||fpm|
|total distance over 50-Ft obstacle||2030||ft|
|total distance over 50-Ft obstacle||1500||ft|
|stall speed (cas)|
|flaps up, power off||65||knots|
|flaps down, power off||56||knots|
|standard empty weight|
|maximum useful load|
|wing loading||21.7||pounds/sq ft|
|at 2850 RPM (5 minute takeoff rating)||300||hp|
|at 2700 RPM (maximum continuous rating)||285||hp|