The Mighty Cessna Caravan
An aircraft that has mastered operations in deserts, jungle strips, aquadromes and been used for commuter, cargo and executive travel, it is a machine that has truly personified versatility. The brainchild of John Berwick, it was approved and manufactured by Cessna and FAA certified in Oct 1984(Rodengen, Fernandez and Lieber, 2007). Since then, more than 3000 caravans have been built in the past 34 years with over 3 million flight hours logged, transforming air transportation in that sector irrevocably.
Originally built to be used as a cargo transporter, the strutted high-wing, aircraft was designed to carry 304 cubic feet of load in its unpressurized cabin with a fixed tricycle landing gear. This was an instant hit with FedEx who have since been the biggest customer for the caravans, currently operating 260 caravans in their fleet(Goyer, 2008). Over time, the caravan evolved into the highly-sought after utilitarian premium turboprop today.
The Cessna Caravan 208 can be used for cargo, passenger charter as well be used an aquaplane such as the one depicted here with WIPLINE 8000 floats.
The Cessna Grand Caravan 208B saw a structural improve as well with the fuselage being 4ft longer than the caravan and is certified for 14-passenger commuter seating..
All Grand Caravans post-production 2008 have the G1000 avionics suite installed value adding the aircraft. (Goyer, 2008).
The Grand Caravan Ex is the latest version of the Grand Caravan with a more powerful engine that provided a better climb rate and a greater payload.
The Cessna Caravan is a stand-out performer with its STOL capabilities especially in the bush where landing on strips with a 10% incline and 400m length becomes simple . More profitable than the Porter(Pilatus), comfortable and easy to fly – it is second to none out here!
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