The Cessna 182 is a four-seat single engined high wing light aircraft of
all-metal construction, developed by Cessna Aircraft Company, Wichita,
Kansas, USA. Introduced in 1956, the Model 182 was derived from the
Model 180 and employed the same basic airframe and engine but featuring
a nosewheel undercarriage. The Model 182 was approved by the FAA on 2
March 1956. In 1957, the first major design change was introduced in the
Model 182A. As production continued, later models were improved
regularly with features such as a wider fuselage, swept tailfin with
rear "omni-vision" window, enlarged baggage compartment, higher gross
weights, landing gear changes, etc. In 1958, the name Skylane was
introduced being a de luxe version. In 1978, the retractable gear R182 was introduced.
The landing gear retraction system in the R182 uses hydraulic
actuators powered by an electrically-driven pump. Cessna gave the R182 the
marketing name of "Skylane RG". The "Model 182" remained in production until 1986
when Cessna stopped production entirely for ten years due to the high cost of liability. After
the General Aviation Revitalization Act became law, Cessna resumed production in Independence, Kansas,
in 1996. More than 23,350 aircraft with several model variants are delivered.
The 1981-built Cessna 182R Skylane II s/n 18267833 was registered N6390N in the USA. The temporary Air Service
Holland' registration PH-AXQ was alotted but NTU. On 6 January 1984, the Skylane was registered PH-RPJ with Aviation Service Holland, Hilversum.
On 18 May 1984, the PH-RPJ was registered with the predecessor of Dienst Luchtvaart van het Korps Rijkspolitie, Schiphol, that on 11 January 1993,
was renamed as Politie Luchtvaart Dienst, Schiphol-Oost; on 4 November 2008 as KLPD Dienst Luchtvaart Politie, Schiphol-Oost; and on 11 December 2013
as Nationale Politie, Landelijke Eenheid, Schiphol. On 27 May 2014, after being withdrawn from service by the police, the PH-RPJ was transferred to a
The aviation-division of the Dutch police: the "Dienst Luchtvaartpolitie van het Korps landelijke politiediensten"
(KLPD) operates a number of helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. Their first aircraft was an Auster III,
which was registered PH-POL with the Corps Rijkspolitie/Dienst Luchtvaart on 18 April 1955. The Auster
III served before as 8A-6 with the Royal Netherlands Air Force. Over the years a wide range of aeroplanes
and helicopters was operated by the police force of the Netherlands, including the Britten-Norman BN-2T Turbo
Islander and the MBB Bölkow Bo-105.
On 15 June 2005, Cessna 182R Skylane II PH-RPJ was seen at Hoogeveen airfield with 50 Jaar stickers; fifty years
after Auster III PH-POL entered service with the Dutch Police.