There’s a new hauler in town. Textron Aviation announced last week the introduction of the Cessna Turbo Stationair HD T206H, which brings greater carrying capacity and versatility. The single-engine airplane, which is powered by a turbocharged 310-horsepower Lycoming TIO-540-AJ1A engine spinning a McCauley propeller, offers five seating configurations for as many as six people. For operators needing extra space, each of the rear seats can be folded down or removed all together and a cargo pod can be added underneath.
The airplane is ideal for operators with special needs as the rear passenger area provides ample space and the cargo pod can stow bulky items such as a wheelchair. The Turbo Stationair HD is also a terrific backcountry platform for adventurers, hunters and fishermen, as it can be mounted on amphibious floats.
Pilots will also appreciate the Garmin G1000 avionics, which displays weather, traffic, terrain and more. It also incorporates XM radio for entertainment on longer trips. The new Stationair can climb up to 26,000 feet and has a built in oxygen system. The top cruise speed is 161 KTAS.
The Stationair HD boasts an increase in useful load of 189 pounds up to 1,623 pounds in the utility configuration. The airplane’s useful load with all seats installed is 1,470 pounds.