Sunday 16 June 2024

Cessna U206F Stationair ZK-SKZ

 Cessna U206F c/n U20602687 was manufactured in 1975 and had been allocated the US registration N33239 during its construction but instead became C-GAQN in Canada. By 1999 it was with Arctic Wings & Rotor out of Inuvik, Northwest Territory, and during its time with them it was on Aerocet 3500 floats, had a full Roberton STOL kit, wing leading edge cuffs, Flint wing tip tanks - which increased the span by 36 inches - and was powered with a Lycoming TIO-540 engine. 

Its Canadian registration was cancelled on 27-06-2007 for it to pop up on the Australian register as VH-TIB2 on 10-09-2007 with Tibbia Pty Ltd of Caloundra, Queensland and was operated by the Sunshine Coast Skydivers.
The photo below was taken by Tony Arbon at Caboolture the day after it was registered as VH-TIB.
It was ferried from Caloundra to Brisbane on 22-09-2012 then on to Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands and Kerikeri on the 23rd. 
It is seen below in a photo from Brenden via Jetphotos taken at Ardmore on 27-09-2012.
Note the leading-edge cuffs with turbulators - which are also visible on the fin.
   Also note the wing fence at the start of the wing tip extension. The VH registration was cancelled on     08-10-2012 and it became ZK-SKZ the following day with Skydive Zone (Bay of Islands) Ltd of Paihia. It moved on to Tandem Skydive (2002) Ltd on 15-07-2013.Above a photo taken at Taupo on 08-01-2015 by Keith Morris shows it still wearing 'Skydive Bay of Islands' titles on its fin. Its old VH marks are faintly visible on the fuselage side.
Above is a recent photo of it taken at Taupo by Allister Jenks on 13-06-2024. 
It appears to be in a tired state.

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