March 1999 Issue

Floats Sink Flight

Overweight utility plane can’t match the challenges of the high terrain

Just as how we dress and what we drive help define who we are, so, too, does what we fly.

The practical ones drive sedans and fly Skyhawks; the rowdy ones lean toward sports cars and stunt planes. Somewhere in the mix is the large group of people whose wheels of choice are sport utility vehicles and pick-up trucks.

These load-haulers may be working, they may be playing, but they’re doing it hard. For them, a utility airplane is a natural.

The Cessna U206 has, over the years, gained a well-deserved reputation for its load-hauling ability. With its big rear doors and spacious cabin, it has found work as a cargo hauler, bush plane and jump plane. As an airplane for campers, hunters an...

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