RE: Ideal drop system
Mine weighed in at 43 lbs. but I can't remember if it had all of the drop boxes on when I weighed it, it may have only had two on it.
With the 111 I run a 27x10 or a 28x10 prop, not sure which one is on it right now.
At Muncie, when we took off with 4 or less jumpers on we went up to drop height without circling.
With 5 on we made one circle most of the time to get to drop altitude.
There were 5 different people flying the planeat Muncie, so everyone got a chance to fly their skydivers, (come to think of it though not one of them was from Ohio) and I don't recall anyone having any problems flying with a full load.
I'm sure it would handle six,but I don't plan to try, other than a rally, or maybe the Joe Nall event, three would most likely be the most I would take up at one time.