The crew will fly with a single-engine Cessna T206H Stationair. Uwe Thomas bought the plan brand new in 2005 because it’s a top performer,
has a huge range and is robust. Which is why pilots call it a bush plane and it’s often used on rough terrain all over the world, in Alaska,
South America or Africa. It’s not bothered if it has to take off from or land on short bumpy runways. If you take out four of the six seats you even have a lot of space for extra baggage.
The aluminium sheets on the plane’s outer skin are riveted and screwed on. It’s not hugely aerodynamic but very repair-friendly.
Even in isolated areas a workshop will be able to replace a sheet in no time. The global service network for Cessna aircraft was another reason why the pilot bought a plane of this type.
The Cessna 206 is a high-wing plane. Its basic design has hardly changed at all in 50 years. Cessna Aircraft Company in Wichita, Kansas, has been building small aircraft of this type since 1956.
You’ll probably be wondering why red roses adorn our globetrotters’ plane. It’s a declaration of love from the pilot to his wife Marie who will have to do without her husband for many weeks.