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Encyclopedia - Cessna C208 Caravan

The Cessna 208 Caravan was conceived in 1980/1981 as the first turboprop-powered general aviation aircraft. It was designed to replace ageing utility aircraft such as the Beaver, Otter and other Cessna aircraft. The prototype Cessna 208 Caravan I first flew on 9 December 1982, and FAA certification followed in October 1984. More than 1,000 units have already been delivered.

The Caravan is a high-wing, single turboprop powered aircraft with either fixed tricycle undercarriage, skis or floats with retractable gear. It can either be fitted out to carry cargo or passengers, capable of carrying up to 13 passengers. Some variants also include a cargo pod under the belly for additional cargo or baggage. The Caravan is certified for single pilot operation.

Some of the Cessna Caravan’s roles include being a short-range airliner, cargo feeder and utility aircraft. Military operators include Brazil, Chile, Iraq and South Africa.

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Cessna Model 208 Caravan I

General

First Flight : 9 December 1982
Country of Origin : USA

Powerplant

Number Of Engines : One
Powerplant type : Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114 turboprop engine
Max Power Rating : 477kW (600shp)

Dimensions

Length : 11.46m (37ft 7in)
Height : 4.32m (14ft 2in)
Wingspan : 15.88m (52ft 1in)
Wing Area : 25.96m2 (279.4sq ft)

Weights

Empty Weight : 1,752kg (3,862lb)
Max Take-off Weight : 3,629kg (8,000lb)

Performance

Max Speed At Cruising Level : 184kt (341km/h; 212mph)
Maximum Range : 970nm (1,797km; 1,117mi)
Service Ceiling : 27,600ft (8,410m)


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