Cessna 206 at Lake Te Anau

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Cessna 206 at Lake Te Anau

Postby flyernzl » Sat Feb 20, 2021 9:58 pm

A couple of weeks ago had had the opportunity of flying with Ivan Krippner in his recently-acquired Cessna U206G floatplane.
This aircraft came into New Zealand late last year from Australia, where it had operated as VH-MQX. There, it had worked as an amphibian but Ivan has removed the land equipment and converted it to floatplane-only status, thus saving around 123kg in weight.

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The weather for our flight was not the greatest, but we were able to depart from Lake Te Anau, work our way across the mountains to overhead Doubtful Sound, then back to Te Anau.

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The Southern Alps mountain range can be quite challenging, even in mid-summer
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Weather at Doubtful Sound was - I have to say it - doubtful

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Heading back to Te Anau. Our alighting area is at the top right of the photo, so we are about to join left-hand downwind

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Relaxing after a really good flight, and yes I did get some loggable time.

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Ivan and I celebrating our return

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Re: Cessna 206 at Lake Te Anau

Postby MrWidgeon » Sat Feb 27, 2021 7:32 pm

Really nice Peter, looked like a lovely flight despite the iffy WX.
One word for your friend, I heartily recommend he get the rear door escape mod for the 206, it can be a lifesaver.
Try a search for it, there are a couple of them out now.

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Re: Cessna 206 at Lake Te Anau

Postby flyernzl » Fri Mar 12, 2021 10:57 pm

Noted.
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Re: Cessna 206 at Lake Te Anau

Postby MrWidgeon » Sun Mar 21, 2021 5:49 pm

Peter, this is the original Canadian Co. that did the first one, I think Cessna and maybe Wipline (?) have come out with their own.
There have been a number of accidents in 206s where the rear seat passengers drowned because they couldn't get the doors open due to the flaps being down.
If your friend is going to beach his airplane for the Winter he can (and should) have this done before Spring.

http://www.quikex.online/

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