Soloy Receives FAA Certification For Turbine Cessna 206

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Soloy Aviation Solutions, of Olympia, Wash., received FAA certification on Oct. 28 for its Soloy 206 Turbine Mk II, a turbine version of the piston-powered Cessna 206H. Powered by the Rolls Royce 250-B17F/2 turbine engine, the Mk II provides an increase of 110 hp over the standard Cessna 206H, Soloy said this week. With the turbine conversion paired with a Hartzell three-bladed prop, the airplane can carry more weight, fly faster and operate in high and hot conditions. The performance also improves the airplane's STOL performance, especially in its amphibious configuration, Soloy said. "The Mk II is the perfect platform for vast number of applications, from law enforcement to adventurous backcountry operations," said Dave Stauffer, president of Soloy Aviation Solutions. "The lighter turbine engine increases the power while reducing the basic empty weight by approximately 150 pounds."

The aircraft can climb at 2,460 fpm at sea level, cruise at 20,000 feet at 213 ktas, carry 775 pounds with full fuel, and has a range of about 550 nm, the company said. The Mk II is initially offered in four configurations, for law enforcement, skydiving, amphibious flight and commercial/private operations. Soloy has started accepting orders and plans to deliver the first aircraft later this month. The aircraft will be on display this week at the AOPA Expo in San Jose, Calif.