I'm a jump pilot, actually with a PA-32. My home base is in the south west of France LFBZ, DZ#376.
Whe are looking for a bigger airplane, but we can't use turbine engine..
The landing zone 2 nm south of the airfield, and by the time they get back to the the airfield, I have to shut down the engine. We can't shut down a turbine 15 time a day...
So, after some brainstorming, a PA31 Chieftain match all our requirements. Its a well known workhorse, it's cheap (compare to C208) and she can take 5 tandems with 2 loads of fuel.
Actually in europe there isn't any pa31 equiped for skydiving and we need to do all the paperwork with the EASA to get an STC.
Actually I'm looking for :
- a copy of the POH for a PA31-350 or at least the pages with the limitation for a flight without the rear door
- a contact for a compagny who can provide me a conversion kit (roller door etc)
I've search everywhere, I can get thoses informations easily for a C208 but nothing for a PA-31 ;-(
Thank you for your help