Cessna 206 was introduced in 1964. It was certified as a six-seat aircraft, single engine with fixed landing gear. During the course of the aircraft production, Cessna used four different names for the 206. Super Skywagon and Turbo Skywagon were known to be the utility planes. The Super Skylane and Stationair6 were known as the “people machine”. In 1971, the production of the Skywagon was discontinued and Stationair6 was introduced. Eventually, Cessna used Stationair as the market name of the 206.
The versatility of the 206 makes for a good personal and business air transport as well. It is also commonly used for short charter flights, for transporting goods in and out of remote areas and for missionary work. The 206 are also used for skydiving, aerial photography and other utility vehicles.
In 1986, the production of Cessna 206 came to a halt. It was due to high interest rates and product liability cost. After 12 years of being out of the market, Cessna re-introduced the 206 in 1998 and has been in production ever since.
Just like any other Cessna single-engine aircraft, the 206 model has a long list of variants under its wings. At present, Stationair and Turbo Stationair are the common models in the market. These 206 models have a landplane and seaplane.
Cessna 206 Stationair and Turbo Stationair can accommodate 1 crew (pilot) and 5 passengers.
Textron Lycoming IO-540-AC1A5 powers the Stationair and the Turbo Stationair is powered by Textron Lycoming TIO-540-AJ1A engine. Stationair uses the McCauley Prop, three-bladed constant speed propeller while the Turbo Stationair uses the McCauley Prop, heated, three-bladed constant speed propeller. Both aircrafts have the Garmin G1000 avionics.
Cessna 206 stands 9 feet and 3 1/2 inches in height (2.83m) with length measured at 28 feet and 3 inches (8.61m). Wing area is about 175.5 square feet (16.30 square meters) with wingspan of 36 feet (10.97m).
Speed comparison: The Stationair has a speed of 151 knots or approximately 174 miles per hour while the Turbo Stationair has a speed of 178 knots or approximately 205 miles per hour.
Similar to the 172 model, Cessna 206 Stationair has the high-wing design that gives the pilot remarkable visibility from the cockpit. It has double doors that can also be removed to make loading cargo easier.
The interior has the same design as the 172 model; contoured leather seats, cabin lighting, rosen sun visors that keep the glare off the cockpit and reduces eye fatigue and cup pedestal holder that keeps your beverage in place but within reach.
Flexibility is also one of the major factors that contribute to the Cessna 206 Stationair popularity. The ability to transport large cargo made the 206 model the favorite of freight haulers, law enforcers and business leaders. It can also land in any type of airstrip.
The blending of the features and performance of Cessna 206 Stationair makes it worth checking out.