Introducing the Cessna 207 Turbo Stationair 8
Allow us to introduce the latest member of the Fly Jackson Hole Family. Our beautifully renovated Cessna T207A Stationair 8 has finally reached it’s home in T Hangar 3 at the Jackson Hole Airport. It’s been a long journey, but well worth it. We are proud to own such a rare and well designed bird.
History of the Cessna Turbo Stationair 8
Based on the classic Cessna 206, a time proven workhorse of the skies, the 207 was redesigned as the ideal aircraft for scenic flights. To achieve this goal, Cessna stretched the fuselage and strengthened the wings. The elongated fuselage and increased payload make for an airframe with a remarkably stable flying experience, and the ability to carry up to seven passengers. The wide cabin, multiple access points, and oversized windows ensure a comfortable ride and offer unobstructed views from every seat. To boost the mountain flying performance, Cessna added a powerful turbo-charged 6-cylinder engine, capable of high altitude flying at low speeds. However, despite the powerful engine, the 207 is well known for it’s quiet ride. With it’s excellent safety record and powerful yet stable ride, the 207 has earned it’s nickname as the “Sport Utility Vehicle” of the skies.
Cruising Speed: 148 kts (170 mph)
Max Speed: 170 kts (195 mph)
Range: 415 nautical miles
Engine: Continental TSIO-520-M
Wing Span: 35.8 ft
Fuselage Length: 32.2 ft
First Produced: 1969
Current Production Status: Out of Production since 1984
The Rare Bird Gets a Retrofit
Given the rarity of the T207A, Fly Jackson Hole literally went to the ends of the earth to find this plane. After years of searching, cofounder and chief pilot Peter Lindell found the perfect match. Wrightair, a scenic flight company operating out of Kati Thunda National Park in the Australian Outback was looking to downsize their fleet. Peter jumped at the opportunity to purchase the meticulously maintained aircraft.
After shipping the dismantled airframe across the Pacific to California, Fly Jackson Hole began the transformation of the rugged bush plane of the Australian Outback into a refined mountain flying machine fit for the Tetons. The plane’s interior was stripped and completely redesigned to meet the highest standard of aviation safety and comfort. The nylon seats and plastic panels of a different era were replaced with luxurious hand stitched coffee colored leather by Ron Matta at Aviation Creations. The faded exterior paint job of desert oranges and reds was stripped, buffed and meticulously repainted in the Fly Jackson Hole style by the industry experts at Arizona Aircraft Painting. Sound dampening insulation was added to provide an even quieter ride and a cabin oxygen system was installed for passenger comfort. Even the wings were upgraded with an Aviation STOL kit, improving stability at slow speeds and boosting the general mountain flying performance.
The instrument panel updated with state-of-the-art avionics, including a touch screen Garmin GTN 750, providing visual traffic alerts and inflight weather (an incredible tool to have in the mountain flying environment). Should a guest wish to provide their own soundtrack to the scenic flight, the Garmin GMA 350 Audio Panel provides inflight entertainment to passengers via XM Satellite Radio or any external device.
By the time the airplane finally made it to it’s new home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, hundreds of hours had been invested into the renovation. The interior designers, mechanics, and paint specialists have assured us that we now have one of the finest Turbo Stationair 8 in the world.
But don’t take our word for it…
Come check it out for yourselves! Book your flight today with Fly Jackson Hole.