Bushliner 1850EX

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Specifications1850EXSkywagon 180Super Skywagon A185F
Length25’ 9”25’ 9”25’ 9”
Wing Span38’ 1”36’ 1”36’ 1”
Wing Area181 sqft174 Sqft174 Sqft
Fuel Capacity112 Gal65 Gal88 Gal (max)
Unusable Fuel4 Gal10 Gal4 Gal
Empty Weight1,800 Lbs1,650 Lbs1,750 Lbs
Gross Weight3,500 Lbs2,800 Lbs3,350 Lbs
Wing Loading18.3 lb/sqft16.1 Lb/sqft19.3 Lb/sqft
EngineCont. IO-520*Cont. O-470Cont. IO-520
Max Speed170 Mph170 Mph178 Mph
Cruise Speed165 Mph163 Mph167 Mph
Range<1,200 Miles890 Miles830 Miles
Stall Speed37 Mph55 Mph56 Mph
Climb Rate1,600 Fpm*1,100 Fpm1,000 FPM

*These figures vary depending on the engine, and other upgrades.

1850EX kits are a replica of a Cessna 180-185 offering the same advantages with improved performance. The kit is all aluminum construction. The performance increase comes primarily from a longer wing, an extra foot per side at the root of the wing, not at the wing tip, thus a longer flap, better STOL, cruise, payload and fuel capacity, without reducing aileron control.

“After years of research on what aircraft to buy for a backcountry / family airplane, I stumbled across my dream airplane. One I didn’t even know existed. It’s a Cessna 185 clone in the experimental category.  

My plane is called the Super Cyclone 185, now renamed and further improved by Bushliner and known as the Bushliner 1850EX. 

I am amazed every time I fly it. In my opinion it is the best backcountry all around airplane on the market. It’s essentially a 4 place super cub on steroids. I can haul 4 large people comfortably, 80 gallons of fuel, and 300 lbs of luggage. I can fly fast or slow. I have never taken over 800’ of runway fully loaded, even in poor conditions. These long wings love to fly. 

One of my favorite attributes is that it’s in new condition. It’s not a 50 + year old airplane, but yet it has the straight tail, extended wing and all the backcountry mods that make a Cessna 185 even better.

This take off was with a full camp loaded down with gear. The other day by myself, light I was taking off in around 190’.”

– Travis Schneider