Cessna 310

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Continental IO-520
2 x 285 hp ea.
3.260 lbs.
5,600 lbs.
1,242 lbs.
32 ft.
36 ft. 11 in.
190 mph
238 mph
1,660 fpm
19,750 feet
1,765 miles


Cessna 310
Cessna 310
When it first took to the sky in 1953, the Cessna 310 set the standard for the light twin aircraft market. It was more streamlined and powered by a pair of 240 hp engines, 80 hp more per engine than the competition. One of its primary appeals was its good looks. The USAF even purchased 196 of the aircraft for light utility use.
Overall performance of the aircraft is another reason for its appeal. With a gross weight of 5,500 lbs. the model R has a power loading of less that 10 lbs. per horsepower. Although its climb rate is listed as 1,660 fpm, a lightly loaded Cessna 310 can experience an initial climb rate of up to 2,400 fpm on a good day. With the introduction of turbocharging in 1961, climb performance was even better, especially during hot weather.

With a full load of 203 gallons of fuel, the Cessna 310 has a range of some 1,600 miles at high altitudes with power set for log range cruise. At 75 percent power, range will be some 1,150 miles.

Overall handling of the Cessna 310 is gentle and predictable, provided the pilot is cognizant of the fuel stored in the wingtip tanks. When fully filled with 50 gallons of fuel at the end of each wing, if aileron roll input is too sudden, the inertia to the wings would initiate some Dutch roll.

Losing an engine during takeoff can get tricky. The Cessna 310 has slowly retracting landing gear that, when combined with its rolling characteristics, can cause some anxious moments. Gentile, slow, minimal aileron inputs are absolutely necessary at this time.

Landing the Cessna 310 presents no surprises provided power is kept up through the flare. Without sufficient power the flying speed could drop quickly resulted in a heavy landing. The aircraft handles crosswinds well.

In 1959 the Cessna 310 model C was introduced featuring an additional 40 hp per engine and fuel injection. The next significant change was in 1961 with the introduction of model G featuring streamlined wingtip tanks replacing the original “tuna” style tanks plus optional turbocharging. In the 1963 Cessna 310 model H seating was increased from five to six with an enlarged cabin and more windows. In 1966 the Cessna 310 model K had three bladed propellers and maximum takeoff weight increased to 5,200 lbs. In 1967 the Cessna 310 model L had additional fuel tanks inside its wings, plus a stronger landing gear and a one piece windshield. In 1975 the Cessna 310 model R, its last production model, had 285 hp engines, a longer nose enclosing a baggage compartment and a maximum takeoff weight of 5,500 lbs.

Today, Cessna 310 models produced after 1960 are known for their continued reliability with no significant recurring trouble spots, except for their landing gear.

The Continental IO-470 engines have proven reliable. Aircraft parts are readily available, but can be costly.

Some 5,450 Cessna 310 aircraft of all models were built before production ended in 1980.

Cessna 310 Wendell Hostetler

Cessna 310

Wendell Hostetler has plans for the Cessna 310. Wingspan is 115 in. and it is 99.7 in. long. It can be powered with from 1.8 to 3.0 engines. Weight is about 34 lbs.

Cessna 310 Bud Nosen

Cessna 310

The Cessna from Bud Nosen has a 10 foot wingspan, with engines from .40 to .99 two stroke.

Cessna-310 Raffaele Oberti

Cessna 310

We received the following email with the picture above from Raffaele Oberti at Gruppo Aereomodellistico Colibri Bergamo:
Vi segnalo questa bellissima riproduzione rc degna di figurare tra le vostre segnalazioni di questo aereo.
Apertura alare cm 220
Peso 7, 5 kg
Motori OS 70 (11cc) surpass.