- 23 Mar 2020
- René Banglesdorf
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The Cessna 208 Caravan is a single-engine (PT6A-114A) turboprop utility aircraftft, typically configured for nine passengers in VIP lay-out (with a single pilot), but also popular among cargo operators. Adept at transporting high payloads, the maximum range of the Caravan 208 is 835nm.
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A 1985 edition Cessna 208 Caravan costs $450k, whereas a 2021 model costs $2.1m according to Aircraft Bluebook’s Autumn 2021 data. These prices represent the average retail price for each model year. Prices of individual aircraft may vary from the average retail for its model year, however, due to a number of factors that are specific to an aircraft. This includes its maintenance condition, which upgrades and retrofits it incorporates, whether it is enrolled on an engine maintenance program, and how many hours remain on the airframe and engine before the next maintenance event is due. Buyers and sellers of aircraft will negotiate a sale price based on a combination of these aircraft-specific factors.
Fulfilling a similar mission as the Cessna 208 Caravan is Daher’s Kodiak 100 which has a range of 1,132nm, and usually accommodates eight people. There are three ‘series’ of the Kodiak 100, with Series II and Series III bringing enhancements on the preceding model.
Originally pitched for use in remote areas and extreme weather changes, rough landing conditions and mountainous terrain, the Cessna 208 Caravan has become known for its versatility, along with its power, range, and short-field performance
Physically-speaking, when compared against the Cessna 208 Caravan, the 208B Grand Caravan is a stretched version, being about 4ft longer. It has the same engine as the original aircraft, however.
Cessna 208 Caravan Turboprop Overview
By Gerrard Cowan - Editor, Aircraft Reviews
The Cessna 208 Caravan continues to attract demand among operators today, almost forty years after the aircraft was first introduced. Much of this success can be attributed to its versatility, with the single-engine turboprop finding demand in passenger transport, cargo, and more. Customers range from Federal Express to government agencies, corporations, and air ambulance operators.
The Cessna 208 Caravan usually accommodates nine passengers and has a maximum range of just over 1,000nm. The first aircraft was delivered in 1985 to an air service provider in Alaska, and, as of August 2021, 565 units had been manufactured according to JETNET data.
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What features does the Cessna 208 Caravan offer?
Powered by a single Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A engine, the Cessna 208 Caravan has a maximum take-off weight of 8,000lbs.
More modern variants feature Garmin G1000 avionics, while the manufacturer also highlights such features as an optional Garmin Enhanced Automatic Flight Control System (E-AFCS) and advanced wireless capabilities.
What came before and after the Cessna 208 Caravan?
As the first in this line of utility aircraft from Cessna, the 208 Caravan brand now sits under the Textron umbrella. Other options today include the Grand Caravan EX, which followed the original 208 Caravan to market and offers a maximum range of 912nm and the ability to carry 10-14, depending on the configuration.
The Grand Caravan is powered by a Pratt & Whitney PT6A-140 engine with 867shp, and features a Garmin G1000 NXi avionics suite.
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