Tuesday, October 6, 2009
It’s the top of Cessna’s piston line, and not unlike ground-bound SUVs, the Turbo Stationair can haul (almost) anything you can close the doors on
Since the delivery, Chris Cope has been flying his airplane all over the U.K. and Europe. “With the high cost of fuel in the U.K.,” Cope comments, “I usually try for a power setting close to 65% and burning about 15 U.S. gph. Down low, this allows a TAS of about 130 knots, as airspace restrictions above 10,000 feet make it difficult to operate much higher.”
Cope says he loves the TKS and the Garmin G1000 glass panel, but the lack of weight limitations is a major advantage: “I can fly with full tanks and the family, and carry as many bags, push chairs and as much children’s paraphernalia as we can squeeze in.”
The Stationair is certainly among the most versatile airplanes in Cessna’s lineup, adaptable to oversize bush tires, amphibious or straight seaplane floats or skis. Base price of the T206 for 2009 is $565,500 in the standard wheeled configuration.
That’s exactly $40,000 more than the normally aspirated version, but if you’re like Chris Cope and need a flying SUV with the ability to carry a big load and operate above the weather, then the Turbo Stationair could be exactly the airplane for your travel needs.
|What Fits In A Stationair?|
The cabin is 12 feet long from firewall to aft bulkhead. With carrying space that’s 50 inches tall and 44 inches wide, the cabin offers an impressive 101 cubic feet of space to enclose a little of anything. This means you could theoretically load aboard anything from surfboards to mountain bikes, camping gear to a dressed out moose, or construction materials to power tools.
The greater limitation may be pounds rather than space. With full fuel aboard (87 gallons), a typical T206 offers about 600 working pounds with a pilot up front.
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