Aircraft

Cessna Caravan 208

When Cessna Aircraft Company announced in the early 1980's that it was developing a new high-wing, single-engine aircraft with fixed landing gear the news seemed designed to inspire profound disregard within the commercial and business aviation communities. Upon its introduction in 1985 however it got immediately cleared that the Caravan was a different kind of single-engine Cessna. Standing over 14 feet tall, the clean-sheet design bore only a superficial resemblance to Cessna's ubiquitous high-wing light planes and with its turbine powerplant and cavernous interior, the craft offered tremendous utility potential to small-package haulers and short-range passenger carriers.

The Cessna 208 Caravan I is powered by a single Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A turboprop engine flat-rated at 675shp at ISA +27 C and driving a three-bladed Hartzell constant-speed, reversible and full-feathering composite propeller. Inspection interval on the engine is 3,600 hours.

The standard equipment package of the Caravan I includes Cessna's 300-series ARC radios with nav/comm, ADF and transponder. A variety of radios are offered as options including King Silver Crown avionics in addition to 300- and 400-series ARC equipment, also available are King flight control systems and the King KWX 56 color weather radar.

The Cessna Caravan I has the capacity to carry up to 14 occupants but FAA certification limits the number to nine passengers in addition to the pilot. With the seats removed, the standard Caravan I has a cargo capacity of 240 cu. ft. An external cargo pod beneath the fuselage is available as an option increasing cargo volume to a total of 330 cu. ft. A float package is also available for the Caravan, utilizing either straight or amphibious floats.

SPECIFICATIONS

Category
Engine : Single-Engine Turboprop
Years Aircraft Manufactured : 1985 - current
Serial Number Range : 000001-00500 (up)

Characteristics
Seating : 1 + 9/9
Wing Loading : 28.6
Power Loading : 11.9
Noise(EPNdB): Takeoff/Sideline/Approach : 79.0

External Dimensions (ft)
External Length : 37.6
External Height : 14.8
External Span : 52.1

Internal Dimensions (ft)
Internal Length (Overall/Net Height) : 12.7
Internal Height : 4.5
Internal Width (Max/Floor) : 5.3

Baggage
External: Cu.Ft./Lb. : N/A
External: Cu.Ft./Lb. : N/A

Power
Engines : P&WC PT6A-114A
Output (lbs ea.)/Flat Rating : 675shp/ISA+27C
Inspection Interval : 3,600tMN_1

Flight specifications

  • PASSENGERS CAPACITY: 9
  • CREW: 2
  • RANGE: 1071
  • WINGSPAN: 16M
  • SERVICE CEILING: 27700FT
  • TOP SPEED: 184KNOTS(342KM/H)
  • ENGINE TYPE: PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA PTA 6-114

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