Cessna Turbo Stationair in the South Pacific

Cessna Turbo Stationair in the South Pacific

Hi guys I`m new on the board, I live in the South Pacific on the little Island country of Vanuatu.

for the ones that have never heard of it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnE_6hGR … r_embedded

I have been flying C207s and C206s here for a bit, recently I got hired as pilot/manager for a fairly new private Cessna 206H TC with G1000, that belongs to the owner of a private Island , http://epublishbyus.com/ratua_island/10018195 he uses the plane to fly from the main capital located on a bigger Island 140NM to the South, where he actually lives most of the time. We do fly all over the country, there are over 80 Islands here and around 30 airports, 99% of them are just short dirt strips made of crushed coral, grass or vulcanic ash.

The plane has less then 1000TT and was in like-new shape when he go it, it has been operating here since April and in my hands since August. Unofrtuantely the plane is getting many issues do to the nature of the flying here, we are getting lots of corrosion, nicks on the fuselage from FOD, every time we do a run up we get nicks in the prop,....Some of this problem can be solved if the plane gets taken good care of, that`s were I need your help. I wanna try to keep this plane in good shape, get the right mods and products for preventive MX.

The owner is a pilot himself, but most of the time wants me to fly, in the past he did a pretty hard landing where he hit the tail, the skin got pretty stressed and there is visible damage to it, Mx here gave a look inside and they said the stringers are still good and that the plane is ok, but of course I want it fixed, and I need the right guidance on that.

hopefully I can find the right help here!

here some pcitures of our airplane:

http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos- … 9579_n.jpg

http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos- … 3787_n.jpg


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Re: Cessna Turbo Stationair in the South Pacific

Operating in a tropical enviroment will be more challenging then operating in the middle of the country where the air is dry and salt free.  If the owner is not willing to spend the time and mpney now to keep the aircraft in good shape, it will bite him in the future.  I've seen it many times and to different degrees, but keep trying to persuade him to change his ways.  Remove the corrosion at the first indication and then prime the bare aluminum.  You should also spray some AV-50 or AV-30 on all areas that are accessible.  As for the hard landing, (or any other damage that might occur) if it has been inspected and found airworthy, then press on.  Nicks on the propellor is going to be hard to prevent if your operating surface is not clean, until that gets cleaned up, you will need to invest in a file and some sandpaper, so that you can address the issues sooner than later.  You can help minimize the damage if you can taxi at lower power settings.  Murphys law says that if there is a rock or pebble to be found your prop will find it!  Good Luck!!

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