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Mark II Cessna 206: The ultimate family truckster

Article | Sep 01, 2011

What was the first turbine single certified in America? Most of us would say the Cessna Caravan, which debuted in 1985. But no. Under a supplemental type certificate (STC) Soloy Aviation Solutions of Olympia, Washington, began modifying Cessna 206s with reverse-flow 417-shaft-horsepower Rolls-Royce/Allison 250-C2 turboshaft engines in 1983. Soloy called this modification the "Mark I" model, and it came fitted with a Soloy-designed and -manufactured propeller-reduction gearbox. In all, 85 Mark I Cessna 206 conversions were built over the years. Soloy’s Mark I kit applies to Cessna 206G and -H models built from 1977 to the present.

Rally GA: Walking the Walk

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2011

After years of evangelizing general aviation in person, in print, and online, Florida blogger Jamie Beckett became a public servant so that he could walk the walk as well as talk the talk. Beckett ran for city commissioner in Winter Haven in 2009.

Waypoints

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2010

The 16-year-old boy trundled the well-seasoned Cessna 150 across the paved runway and to the end of the grass runway. Plenty of rain that northwestern Pennsylvania summer kept the grass green and dense.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2009

Dornier Seaplane Company looking for factory site The Dornier Seastar, certified in the United States and Europe in 1991 but never brought to market, is looking for a home. A company official said the search has narrowed to two sites in North America without specifying a country.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2009

Husky now available with glass cockpit Aviat Aircraft in Afton, Wyoming, can claim to be the first original equipment manufacturer to offer the option of the Garmin G600 glass cockpit, now available in the popular Husky A–1C tandem-seat tailwheel aircraft. Along with the G600, a $53,000 option, comes a wider door on both the 180-horsepower and the 200-horsepower Husky models.

Turbine Pilot Cessna Caravan: Sky Truck

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2009

With some 1,800 airplanes delivered since its debut in 1985, Cessna’s Caravan ranks as an icon among utilitarian singles. It’s a massive Pratt & Whitney-powered 675-shp turboprop that stands tall on the ramp, has a maximum payload of some 3,000 pounds, a huge unpressurized cabin, and yet behaves surprisingly like a Cessna Skyhawk.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2009

Space education center opens in New Hampshire The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, New England’s only air and space science center, opens March 6 in Concord, New Hampshire, after 10 years of planning. The center represents a major upgrading of the previously existing Christa McAuliffe Planetarium.

Hangar Talk

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2009

“Guiding the 2008 Get Your Glass Sweepstakes Piper Archer through its rebirth has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” says Associate Editor Ian J. Twombly, who chronicles the experience in “This Glass Is For You.” “I’ve been lucky enough to see much of our country from 6,000 feet as I’ve flown N208GG around, and to have met so many members at the shows this year.

Masters of the Air

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2009

With its deep-red paint and standing tall on its Wipline amphibious floats, the beautiful Cessna Airmaster parked amongst the Seabees, Grummans, and more contemporary Cessna amphibious aircraft at a fly-in was hard to miss. But wait—a Cessna Airmaster on amphibious floats? Someone familiar with float installations and the difficulties of certification would simply have to find out more about this rare apparition.