Cessna 206

Cessna 206
It is incredible what the aircraft is able to do when you know it well.Stephan Schramm, former MAF pilot/Operations Manager

Operated by MAF in countries including Tanzania and Uganda, the Cessna 206 is the most common aircraft in MAF’s fleet, with the capacity to carry up to 5 passengers or 400kg of freight and cruise at a speed of 140mph.

Its piston powered single engine (Continental IO-520-F or IO-550-Bon) produces 300hp and drives a three-bladed propeller. One of the smallest aircraft in the fleet, it is durable and reliable, with a good takeoff performance from the short and rough bush airstrips used by MAF.

All our 206s have been modified to suit the environments in which they fly.

Each has been retrofitted with a brace in the windshield area to reinforce the airframe, STOL (short takeoff and landing) capability, shoulder harnesses for all seat positions, heavy duty nose gear to withstand the rough airstrips, emergency locator transmission, High Frequency (HF) radio, and GPS receiver, improving safety standards and performance.

Flint tanks at the end of the wings add an extra 55 litres to each of the 2 fuel tanks, giving 2 hours of extra range, and making a total endurance for normal operations of 8 hours.

Cessna 206 Facts

These alterations lengthen the wings, enabling the aircraft to fly more slowly, causing increased lift, and giving the ability to land with a slower speed. Takeoff and landing roll is decreased, which is vital on short runways, especially those high in the mountains with obstacles at the end.

A large cargo pod installed underneath the plane allows more freight to be carried.

The addition of this cargo pod, as well as wing struts and oversize tyres contribute to the 206 being the slowest aircraft in the fleet, but its durability and ability to land on rugged airstrips makes it ideally suited for operations in Africa. MAF pilots have referred to the 206 as ‘a real workhorse.’

Bulky and heavy cargo is loaded easily through the large double door at the rear. During medical emergency flights, this large door allows patients on a stretcher to be loaded and transported to hospital.  

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