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AIRCRAFT

 

Cessna Caravan

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Overview

The Cessna 208 Caravan is a high wing, braced cabin monoplane, powered by a single Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A turboprop in tractor configuration. It has a fixed tricycle landing gear but can also be fitted with floats and skis, and can be operated for skydiving with the left side cargo hatch converted to a roll up door.

Designed in the early 1980s, the prototype took its first flight on 9 December, 1982 and FAA certification was granted in October 1984. The amphibious version, with Wipline Model 8000 floats, was type approved on 26 March, 1986.

The first 208 Caravan was produced in 1985. It had a PT6A-114 turboprop engine and seating for up to nine passengers. It was replaced in 1990 by the 208B Caravan 675, a higher powered aircraft thanks to the 675 shp PT6A-114A engine.

The 208A Cargomaster and the stretched 208B Super Cargomaster were designed for US freight company FedEx. The Super Cargomaster was certified on 9 October, 1986 and first flew in 1986. It features a greater payload capacity, including an under fuselage cargo pannier, and no cabin windows.

The 208B Grand Caravan first flew in 1990 and is a stretched variant powered by the same PT6A-114A engines. The 11 seater aircraft was certified on 13 December, 1989

December 2012 saw the FAA grant certification for the upgraded 208B Grand Caravan EX with its more powerful 867 shp engine.

On 28 May, 2020 an all electric powered Cessna 208B Grand Caravan made its maiden flight from Moses Lake runway in Washington, US. Power was generated by a 750 hp Magnix Magni500.

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April 28, 2022Ampaire powers up hybrid electric Caravan
April 11, 2022FAA approves Raisbeck STC for EPIC Caravan drag reduction
March 21, 2022Texas gains high-tech Caravan for law enforcement
February 1, 2022ACS takes Christmas to Kowanyama
January 10, 2022Aztec Airways expands fleet, again
January 9, 2022Avcon Caravan sensor platform gains FAA STC approval
December 16, 2021PWI receives FAA PMA certification for LED ice light
November 18, 2021Flapper charges ahead to electrify Brazilian Caravans
October 22, 2021Xwing signs up with Textron to push autonomous flight forward
October 13, 2021PC-12 now covered by Blackhawk upgrade STC
October 13, 2021PWI brings LED to a host of business twins
October 11, 2021Redding turns to Raisbeck for EPIC Caravans
October 1, 2021Caravan EX addition increases Azul Conecta's fleet
July 23, 2021Surf Air sides with Textron to ride the electric wave
June 21, 2021Caravan drag reduction system advances towards certification
June 2, 2021MagniX EPUs to power Lima's Blade-branded Caravans
May 21, 2021Supervan customers can choose composite or aluminium props
May 3, 2021Textron rewards two decades of Leggat service with ASR
March 1, 2021GAMA's annual report reveals which types are on top
January 28, 2021Sundt stays afloat by working on amphibious Caravan
January 18, 2021Coco pledges to revitalise tourism in the Bahamas
December 14, 2020Innovators put heads together for electric Caravan
September 12, 2020Reliable Robotics debuts dependable autonomous aircraft
September 8, 2020Textron aircraft owners can take advantage of SAF
August 24, 2020Xwing comes to the fore with autonomous Grand Caravan
August 16, 2020Two Grand Caravan EX set to serve in Rwanda
June 2, 2020magniX and AeroTEC give flight to green eCaravan
May 1, 2020Tony Kunde joins Soljets sales
April 12, 2020Air Serv brings humanitarian Caravan to Bangui
March 23, 2020IAS expands capability with second Grand Caravan
March 12, 2020magniX earmarked as innovation leader by Fast Company
November 5, 2019Cape Air opts for StandardAero Caravan support
October 7, 2019South Aero adds Cessna's 500th Grand Caravan EX
September 21, 2019Textron to be a service fulfiller in Manila
August 23, 2019Air Serv continues Sudanese relief efforts
July 30, 2019Blackhawk signs long-term PT6A supply agreement
July 29, 2019Caravan rigging videos filmed by Tropic Air
June 29, 2019TXi turbine monitoring and analysis extends to SETs
June 24, 2019Retrofit pioneers plan all-electric Caravan
June 1, 2019Air Serv maintains relief efforts in Mozambique
April 2, 2019MAF is on a mission in Mozambique
January 21, 2019Air Serv brings in further Caravan to support South Sudan humanitarian efforts
January 21, 2019Aviofun clients will have fun with incoming Caravan
December 17, 2018Caravans to feature enhanced flight deck capabilities
November 19, 2018MT-Propeller receives STC for five-blades on Cessna 208s
November 16, 2018Garmin GFC 600 autopilot approved for cargo Caravans
October 16, 2018Simulator options added for Blackhawk-upgraded aircraft
September 27, 2018Grand Caravan ushers in safari flights for Aquarius Aviation
September 3, 2018Air Serv continues Ebola fightback in perilous DRC
August 28, 2018Latest quiet props certified for Caravans in Brazil
July 12, 2018Bavaria's newest charter business aims to carry cruise ship customers by Caravan
July 6, 2018Air Serv comes to the aid of Sudanese drought and conflict victims
May 31, 2018Air Serv responds to Ebola crisis with Caravan loan
May 3, 2018Skydive ENPC first to receive XP140 upgrade
March 29, 2018Parachute school increases ceiling with XP140 Caravan
March 8, 2018Waves completes first French flight from Guernsey
February 8, 2018Waves' TCO approval enables UK and Europe charter
November 17, 2017Mack Air takes ten Caravans for services to Botswana safari lodges
August 16, 2017Air Serv relocates Caravan to aid DRC crisis
August 1, 2017Owner/pilots: flying your own aircraft is good for the soul
August 1, 2017Blackhawk upgrade enables longer range Caravan safaris
June 22, 2017UAG boosts activities at remote African airfields
May 25, 2017Waves Technologies selects Grand Caravan EX for Channel isles air taxi
May 4, 2017Abyssinian takes sixth Caravan
March 8, 2017GAMA hails commercial SET-IMC ops rules in Europe
December 1, 2016Airkenya Express is first to receive overhauled PT6A-140
April 5, 2016Single engine IFR ops to be shot in the arm for the industry, says BBGA panel
March 8, 2016Upgrade reduces strain on Fly Safari Caravans
March 8, 2016APA enhances skydiving with upgrade
February 4, 2016ExecuJet furthers expansion in Africa by adding CL850 and Supervan
October 21, 2015'Out with the old' as Tanzanair rejuvenates Caravan fleet
August 5, 2015Textron selects McCauley for Grand Caravan EX and Baron props
August 4, 2015Cessna Caravan receives cockpit upgrade from MC2
April 3, 2014Me & my aircraft; Single engine turboprops: SETs are safe, versatile and economically viable: time for full scale commercial acceptance?
November 7, 2013Pilot recreates historic flight with Phoenix on her tail
June 11, 2013Modified Caravan takes the heat of Dubai in its stride
May 13, 2013DAC Aviation's six new Caravans will go 'where few others dare'
April 17, 2013Oil find prompts Phoenix to add Caravans
November 13, 2012Ross Group brings Blackhawk for the Caravan to Kenya
August 2, 2012Turboprop operator grows into specialist leasing
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September 1, 2011Seawings flies Caravan tours over Venice
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