- 01 Dec 2020
- Mike Chase
- Turboprops Compare
The Cessna Grand Caravan EX is known for its dependable and efficient performance by regional airlines, charter operators, and cargo carriers worldwide. The Grand Caravan EX was engineered for challenging missions, high payloads, and short, rough runways while delivering single-engine economy and simplicity.
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A Cessna Grand Caravan EX costs between $1.7m for a 2013 model and $2.2m for a 2020 model, according to Aircraft Bluebook’s spring 2021 data. These values represent the average retail price for the respective model year. Individual aircraft values will vary from the average, however, depending on maintenance condition, time before overhaul/inspection, upgrades and modifications installed, and more. A final sale price is negotiated between the buyer and seller based on these, and other airplane-specific factors.
There are a range of aircraft targeted at the utility market that compete with the Grand Caravan EX. These include the Kodiak 100, which was originally produced by Quest Aircraft and is now part of the Daher family. The Kodiak 100 has a maximum range of 1,132nm and is powered by a 750shp PT6A-34 engine. It usually seats eight passengers.
The high-powered Grand Caravan EX is aimed at meeting ‘challenging mission’ requirements, according to Textron, including transporting high payloads, and operating from short, rough runways. It combines these capabilities with the economy and simplicity associated with single-engine turboprop aircraft. The aircraft’s advanced G1000 NXi avionics suite brings an improved graphical interface along with powerful hardware, additional functionality and higher-resolution displays, and provides excellent situational awareness and usability.
Compared to the Grand Caravan EX, the Cessna Caravan offers a maximum range of 1,070nm and is today powered by a 675shp PT6A-114A turbine engine. The Caravan has been a significant success over the years in a range of passenger-carrying and utility roles. Essentially, the Caravan carries a slightly smaller payload than the Grand Caravan EX.
Cessna Grand Caravan EX Turboprop Overview
By Gerrard Cowan
The Cessna Grand Caravan EX has secured a reputation as a dependable and efficient single-engine turboprop aircraft, continuing the successful brand as part of the Textron family.
The utility aircraft has secured a range of customers since its certification in 2013, ranging from Waves Technologies Ltd – a UK-based air taxi service – to the Rwandan Defense Force, reflecting its wide range of applications.
According to data from JETNET in November 2020, there had been 575 Grand Caravan EX models produced (and counting).
What features does the Cessna Grand Caravan EX offer?
The Grand Caravan EX has a maximum range of 912nm, and typically seats nine passengers with a pilot, though it can hold up to 14. It is powered by a Pratt & Whitney PT6A-140 engine, producing 867shp, and features a modern Garmin G1000 NXi avionics suite.
What came before the Cessna Grand Caravan EX?
The Grand Caravan EX is derived from the Cessna 208 Caravan, which has been produced since the 1980s, and is still manufactured today following a variety of upgrades over the decades.
Originally known as the 208B Grand Caravan, the Grand Caravan provided operators with a greater payload capacity than the original Caravan, and the Grand Caravan EX has further developed the aircraft’s capabilities.
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