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Skydive Aircraft List


Below you will find a list of Skydive Aircraft or "Jump Planes". Occasionally helicopters, Stearmans, C-130s and even DC-9s are used to fly skydivers. However, this list will only include the current and past common aircraft used for skydiving worldwide. I am also not including variants of these jump ships ie. there are 24 various C182 models.

In alphabetical order by manufacturer:

Beech 90 Series - King Air

The fastest climbing jump planes in the world are King Airs. They are also the 2nd most common twin engine jump planes in North America. The average King Air with its PT6A-20 engines, can take 15 skydivers to 13,000ft in about 10 mins and burn about 22 US gallons. The engine upgrades available are the -27, -28 and -135, some with horsepower ratings as high as 750. It is not liked by all skydivers due to its low wing and small door.

CASA C-212

Introduced in 1974 and still in production the CASA (Construcciones Aeronauticas SA) C-212 is a twin turbine powered medium STOL transport aircraft. This jumpship climbs fast, carries 28 skydivers and has large exit ramp. It can be found at various drop zones around the world including Skydive Paraclete XP in North Carolina.

Cessna 182 - Skylane

Introduced in 1956 and built in the U.S., France and Argentina it is by far the most common jump plane in the world. The average C182 is powered by the Continental 230hp O-470 and can take 4 skydivers to 10,000ft in about 20 mins.

Cessna 205 / 206 Skywagon, Stationair

A popular single engine piston powered jump plane, especially the turbo version. A step up from its sister the C182, it's faster and roomier and the 206 "U" models have a nice sized rear exit door. There are even a few that are converted to turbine power by the Soloy Corporation.

Cessna 208A/ 208B - Caravan, Grand Caravan

The Caravan is by far the most common and popular single engine turbine powered jump plane in the world. The 208A Caravan (675hp) aka "Mini Van" climbs fair, 208B Grand Caravan aka "Grand Van" climbs very good and the Black Hawk (850hp), Texas Turbines (900hp) and Aero Twin (1000hp) conversions climb great with up to 21 skydivers. What they all have in common and what the skydivers love is the high wing and very large exit door. To learn more about the mighty Caravan, check out my website dedicated to it, Caravan Pilot.

de Havilland Canada DHC-6 - Twin Otter

The most common and popular twin engine jump ship in the world. Most commonly powered by the PT6A-27, it can haul 23 happy skydivers to 13,000ft in about 13 mins. Skydivers love its high wings and very large exit door.

Dornier Do-28 G92

A fast climbing, tail dragging, Slovakian derivative of the Skyservant. It's fitted with two Walter M601-D2 turbine engines. Skydivers love it's exit door, which is slightly larger than the door on a Caravan. Pilot's love its great center of gravity characteristics and climbing speed. This bird will haul 15 skydivers to altitude 4 times in one hour.

Douglas DC-3

At one time there were quite a few of these beloved birds flying skydivers. Although it has two large 1,200hp radial piston engines, it was never known as a fast climber. Even at almost 80 years old there are still a couple drop zones flying it, including Skydive Arizona.

GAF N.22 / N.24 - Nomad

Built in Australia, this jump ship is flown at drop zones in New Zealand and the U.K. It is a high wing STOL aircraft powered by two 420hp Allison 250-B17C turboprop engines. It quickly carries 13 skydivers to altitude.

GippsAero GA8 - Airvan

This is an Australian built, high wing, piston powered, miniature Caravan. It has a 300 hp Lycoming IO-540 engine and can hold up to 8 skydivers. This jump plane is found mostly in Australia and Europe.

Pacific Aerospace P-750 XSTOL

The pride of New Zealand. Other than a beefed up Grand Caravan, this is the fastest climbing single engine jump plane in the world. Powered by the PT6A-34, it carries 15 skydivers to 13,000ft in 13 minutes. Complaints from skydivers include the wing spar running across the floor of the cabin that they have to step over, it's low wing and it's tapered smaller exit door compared to the Caravan.

Pilatus PC-6 - Porter

A common and popular tail dragger jump plane in Europe, especially the turbine equipped version. Not so much in the States, with only a few drop zones operating it. It can carry 9 skydivers to altitude fast or slow depending on if it's turbine or piston powered. Skydivers love its high wings and large sliding exit door.

Quest - Kodiak

This is this newest manufacturer of skydive aircraft. Comparable to the first Caravan (C208A) but with no engine upgrades available yet. Skydivers love its large door and high wing, however DZOs don't like its high price of almost $2 million. Only 2 drop zones in the States fly it, including Skydive Tecumseh.

Shorts SC-7 - Skyvan

A favorite of most skydivers because of its 6 ft tall rear exit ramp. It can haul 23 skydivers up to altitude in a fair amount of time. A rare jump plane, with only 4 drop zones in the U.S. and a couple in Europe that own and fly it. You will mostly see it at large boogies or competitions.

Technoavia SMG-92 - Turbo Finist

A turbine powered, fast climbing Russian tail dragger. Skydivers love this bird for its high wing, large sliding exit door and climbing speed. This jump plane will carry 10 skydivers on one bench. Features large outside step and inside and outside handrails.

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