Calder wrote:What are you trying to do with the aircraft?
Tote passengers around GA charter style?
Fly small cargo into remote areas?
How important is range, and how important is speed?
Lastly, what are the budget constraints?
flymia wrote:Will these airports have fuel? Cessna 206 offers the best useful load I think.
flymia wrote:Obviously a caravan or Kodiak would be better and safer, but you can't get any in that price point.
Flyer732 wrote:I flew the Cessna 210 for nearly two years in the bush of Namibia. Beats the 206 and 207 hands down in speed, which on a windy or summer day keeps the passengers out of the bumps since the flights will be pretty significantly shorter. I'd blow by the Caravan in cruise, but it had better performance on the ground.
Only thing that came close to the 210 on cruise was the Kodiak, which frequently would have shorter flight times due to its ability to climb faster and get to cruise faster
kabq737 wrote:Can't you get a pressurized 210? That might be helpful to avoid supplemental oxygen.
BawliBooch wrote:Add-on questions:
1. How do pistons like C206 or the P68C handle flying in sub-zero conditions?
2. What are the procedures for cold-starts? If aircraft is left parked in sub-zero conditions for a couple of days, how do we get it going? How much time does it take to get the aircraft flying?
zeke wrote:Cannot go past a Pilatus PC6, in an out in 650 ft, can also be equipped with floats or skis.
shamrock137 wrote:1. Cold weather is tough on any a/c. I would think the 206 would be better overall. Much easier to source parts for a Cessna in remote locations and find mechanics who are familiar vs a P68C. Would you be flying into icing conditions? The aircraft would need to be FIKI certified, not sure what country youre in, but FAA part 135 you would need to develop an approved deicing program for snow, frost etc.
2. The engines would need to be preheated. You can use blankets that go over the cowling, electric block heaters, and kerosene heaters that have hoses to blow hot air in the inlets.
shamrock137 wrote:Have you looked into the BN-2 Islander? Slower aircraft but high useful load and they can be configured as a combi with seats and cargo tiedowns.
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