Hey guys... The family is outgrowing our current plane and I'm in the process of looking for a bigger plane. I have a few questions regarding the 6 seat Cessnas and know some of you guys here have alot of experience with them. I know there are Piper and Bonanza models out there that might meet my requirements but I like the high wings. I'm torn between the 206 & 210 because they each fulfill certain needs better than the other. I really like the 206 for it's roominess and useful load, ability to up-size the tires, and the prospect of lower maintenance and insurance costs. I really like the 210 for it's speed (OBVIOUSLY), and it seems you can get more plane for quite a bit less money on the older vintage 210's compared to the 206's. I've also been struggling with the decision of turbo vs. normally aspirated. Living in Michigan, a turbo is not needed for most of the flying I do. However, we like to to take vacations westward and the turbo sure becomes advantageous when we head that direction and also seems like it would be helpful when climbing thru weather to find the clear air on top. So here's a couple of questions for any of you guys who have experience you wouldn't mind sharing:
How's the short field and climb performance of a NA 206?
Can the standard 60ish gallon fuel bladders on the late 60's birds be upgraded to the Cessna long range bladders of 80ish gallons?
What are real world cruise speeds, climb rates, and fuel burns a guy can expect from a late '60's or early '70's model?
Can the lower cowl on a late '60's model be replaced with one off from an early '70's model that doesn't have the big chin on it?
How big an impact does a STOL kit have on TO/landing, climb and cruise performance?
Does anybody know how the wing performance of the '66 model with lift struts compares to that of the '67 or later models with the cantilever wings in terms of TO/landing, climb and cruise performance?
Does the spring style gear of the '69 and older models provide any advantages like taller stance for prop clearance or durability over the tubular gear of the '70 and later birds?
What size tires do the 210's have and is there any possibility of larger than stock tires fitting into the gear wells when retracted?
What kind of toll will grass stirp operations have on the gear? I'm envisioning places I've seen on videos like Moose Creek, Johnson Creek or Stanley as potential places I could visit in a 210 and places like Fish Lake would be too rough for the small tires and folding gear.
I know they generate heat and those temperatures have to be paid attention to, but if managed properly how would you say a turbo would affect maintenance costs over a 10 or 15 year period?
I really appreciate any wisdom or advice you guys might have for me.