The Engine Cowling of a C-182

A front view of the engine cowling of the powerful Cessna C-182 used by the El Bolson Flying Club.

Flying in the mountains requires rugged aircraft equiped with powerful engines; there are many reasons for that but these could be summed in just one: pilots under such circumstances require a lot of power reserve to get out of strong wind downdrafts, to operate in short, unprepared runways, and because such aircraft need to fly at or near their service ceiling.

Mountain flying, in other words, requires high performance aircraft, not in terms of speed but horsepower and structural resistance.

This C-182 cand do almost all mountain jobs excellently, with the exception of short field operations. For that, a taildragger like a PA-12, PA-18 or Husky would do better.

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