Skydiving Cessna U206 with PT6
The right sized airplane for the Job!
Fast climb times keep good energy going at the Dropzone, making people jump more.
King Air or Caravan vs PT6 U206
If you're flying 12-15 loads on Saturdays and 10 loads on Sundays, you will usually be flying with an average of 10 jumpers. In the King Air, that is 5 jumpers per engine, on top of more starts per day.
The Caravan is a closer competitor, but with more expensive engines, so each cycle start is more expensive.
With 23 prime weekends per year, a Turbine may be for you:
With approximately 40 loads per weekend and 5.75 jumpers per load, you average 5,290 skydivers per year.
That's at 13K agl.
.3 flight hour per load
For a total of 275 flight hours per year!
With the same 5,290 jumpers , a 182 can carry 3.9 jumpers per load
That's 59 loads per weekend
With 2 flying aircraft and one down for maintenance, you would get 15 loads per plane.
That adds up to 35 flight hours per load for a total of 475 hours per year.
The airlines changed from Piston to Turbine engines for this very reason!
Fast enough to do 1 load of Tandems and then turn a load of experienced Skydivers while the Tandem Masters reset.
If you're shutting down after each load using a King Air or Caravan, this little plane is for you.
Shut downs slow the whole operation.
Turbine Cessna 206
x3 Cessna 182
On the hottest day, the plane can fly 35 loads of 6 to 13k agl.
That's 210 head in 1 day.
Small tandem operations can do 40 tandems a day while students and experienced skydivers jump as much as they want.
No need to over staff tandem masters, each one can have as many as 10-15 tandems each daily.
Dramatically reduced maintenance costs.
The STOL PT6 206 with fixed gear and Turbine reliability allows for less than 50 mph touchdown speeds.
Cost per nautical mile in fuel
In comparison to similar aircraft
$91.44 per hour
= $.57 per NM
STOL U206 w/PT6A-20
$4.69 Jet A
$140.70 per hour
= $.82 per NM
Beechcraft B55 Barron
$142.24 per hour
= $.81 per NM