Skydive Hibaldstow is just one of 3 dropzones around Europe and between them, we run a fleet of super-fast skydiving aircraft. In May 2013, we bought our first Cessna Caravan, N208AF, and it was hired out to other dropzones to run skydiving operations.
It wasn’t long before its success was proven and we got our second in January 2016, N105AN. With lots of experience flying Cessna Caravans, we decided we wanted to make them fast – a lot faster!. So approached US company, Texas Turbines Conversions Inc, they’re world leaders in upgrading standard Cessna Caravan’s. In January 2017, they took out the existing Pratt & Whitney 685shp and installed a state of the art Honeywell engine. The complex Supervan 900 conversion project takes months to do and had to be planned in carefully so as not to leave any of the 3 dropzones without lift capacity.
And the great news this year is that the second Cessna Caravan has just been successfully converted too. More capacity, shorter waiting times, what’s not to like!
Essentially, anything forward of the firewall gets replaced in a complex job which takes a few weeks to do.
Thanks to Rob Lloyd for the stunning aircraft pics below:
Over the years we’ve had quite a few aircraft which have served us faithfully:
But one of our favourites has to be the Dornier G92 which we had converted from piston to turbine back in the mid-90’s. They have literally helped 100,000’s of skydives reach altitude over the years.
credit: Rob Lloyd