Cessna 182 Skylane by many is considered the best light aircraft. Although it was not produced with the same numbers as its younger cousin Cessna 172, and without identifying the name among the general population as the cub, Skylane is at the high end of what is practical for your daily pilot.
Cessna 182 was introduced in 1956 as a three-wheel option from 180. In 1957, the alternative 182A was introduced with the name Skylane. Subsequent models added more powerful engines and bigger windows.
Located in the Cessna lineup between 172 and 206/210, at 182 it is at the end of what can be considered a simple aircraft. Although the 182 fan has controllable fans, they are not compressed and most of them are designed with fixed landing gear and non-charged motors. You therefore have a relatively simple maintenance of 172, and additional performance of an additional 80 hp, but only a few additional gallons of fuel flow on a cruise.
182 is heavier and has a stiffer feel than 172, and it is widely considered a very good aircraft for flying tool because of its stability. The latest models with the glass cockpit G1000 and GFC 700 autopilot are a true example of the power and sophistication of a light aircraft.
Cessna 182 has four seats. However, like most small planes, you will only see them complete for short domestic flights. For long haul, extra fuel and baggage potential means that one or more seats will likely be empty. What you lose in the people you gain is definitely in range and endurance. Later in the year 182, it could carry 88 gallons of fuel, enough to stay high for six hours, which exceeds the passenger's carrying capacity if not the plane.
Based on price, simplicity, ease of use, durability and performance, Skylane has earned itself as one of the most well-known and respected light aircraft.