1971 Cessna 185E Skywagon

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Registration: N70048
Serial Number: 1851917
Airframe Time: 6797 Hours Total Time
Engine Time: 1105 Hours SMOH on 300 HP IO-520D (1700 TBO) 1996
Propeller Time: 1105 SPOH on C58 86″ two blade
Useful Load:  1515 Lbs
Annual Due: April 2018


12 volt system
King KX 170B Analog 760 Channel Nav/Com
King KI 208 VOR/Localizer Indicator
King KR 86 ADF
Apollo 604 Loran!
Cessna 300 Series Transponder
PM 1000 Two Place Intercom
Pilot side push-to-talk
Alcor EGT Guage
Remote ELT Arming Panel
Intercom Music Input
Overhead panel lighting


Factory Float Kit
Factory Corrosion Proofing
Four Gas caps
84 gallons long range Fuel
Stainless steel cables
V brace (un-installed but included)
Factory Extended baggage
Six Seats
Rudder Trim
Horizontal Stabilizer Abrasion Boots
Cessna Seat Stop on Pilot Side
Pacific Scientific Inertia Reel Shoulder harnesses
Landing Light in wing
Double puck brakes
600X6 Main tires
Engine heater
Re-fueling steps and handles
Winter Front cowl fasteners
Rotating Beacon
Float attach blocks
Ski attach points but not axles
Large Non-congealing oil cooler
Vortex Generators
Floatplane Exhaust


Utility Interior with Fabric and vinyl seats, Original side panels. Good and servicable but utilitarian. Rated 6 out of 10.


Overall bright white with green and blue accents is a modern custom scheme. Stripped and painted in 2005. Rated 8+ out of 10.


Complete logs.  There was a significant event, probably a groundloop in 1979 with a 337 to show the repairs. Since then, the occasional patch or reskin of an elevator or horizontal stabilizer can be seen though the logs.  Not much damage in the last 30 years. Early life was in Alaska. later life in Colorado.  Currently in Northern California at Placerville airport. A good late “E” model Skywagon. The E models are the pre-1973’s and they do not have the camber cuff wing. They have a once piece cabin top and the wings are flush rivetted. It is argued that the E’s were the best built of the 185 years. They are 12 volt planes and have the earlier style panel.

Logbooks Available?
Logbook Files:

N70048logs.pdf (application/pdf)

Model Series:cessna 185
Fuel Efficiency (mpg US):12.43
Per Seat Efficiency:49.72
Years Aircraft Manufactured:1961-1985
Seating Options:1+5
Wing Loading lb/sq ft:19.3
Power Loading lb/hp:11.2
External Length (FT):27
External Height (FT):12.2
External Span (FT):35.8
Engine:Continental IO-520-D
Power Output / Flat Rating:300
Max Ramp Weight (LBS):3320
Max Takeoff Weight (LBS):3320
Max Landing Weight (LBS):3320
Zero Fuel Weight (LBS):1910
Useful Load (LBS):1410
Max Fuel (LBS):468
Max Fuel (Gallons):78
Avail Payload Max Fuel (LBS):942
TO Distance (SL @ ISA) FT:770
Landing Distance (FT):480
Certificated Ceiling:16400
HSC ALT:7500
Aircraft Broker:Skywagons
Aircraft Category:Airplane
Class:Single-Engine Land
Propulsion Type:Piston
Total Time:6797
Range (NM):800
Seats (Including Crew):6
High Speed Cruise (KTAS):146
HSC Fuel Burn (In GPH):15.8
Tail Number:N70048
Serial Number:1851917
Aircraft Location:California
Engine 1 SMOH:1105
Painted Year:2005
Exterior Rating:8
Interior Rating:6

Fuel Efficiency Rating

  • MPG: 12.43
  • MPG Per Seat: 49.72

Actual rating will vary based on flight conditions, aircraft features, and pilot operation. Values are for informational purposes only and as such are not intended for navigation or flight planning. Please consult the POH for actual values.

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