The Cessna 208 Caravan (also called the Cessna Grand Caravan) is a single turboprop engine, fixed-gear short-haul regional airliner and utility aircraft that is built in the United States by Cessna. The airplane has seating for 12 passengers and 1 pilot.
The Caravan is the largest single-engine airplane ever produced by Cessna. Comparing it to a Cessna 182 is like standing a pro basketball player next to a jockey — the 182 is lost in the Caravan’s shadow. The latest version, the Grand Caravan, is even more imposing. It is 4 feet (1.3 metres) longer than the original Caravan and is the largest single-engine turboprop utility aircraft currently in production.
Cessna’s Grand Caravan was engineered for challenging, rugged missions with high payloads and short, rough runways. This workhorse has the agility of a much smaller aircraft — it can take off with less than 1,400 feet (427 metres) of ground and climb at 770 feet (235 metres) per minute, reaching cruise speeds of 197 mph (365 km/h) and travelling distances of up to 1240 nautical miles (1996 km).
The Grand Caravan has four doors: one for each crew-member, a right-side airstair door, and a yawning left-side cargo door. The cabin has seating for 12 passengers and one crew member, but there is plenty of room for more seats. The Grand Caravan, fourth in Cessna’s ‘Caravan’ series, was introduced in October 1990. It incorporates all the best features of the other models, including the more powerful engine, longer fuselage, and cabin hardware that enables it to be quickly converted from a people-hauler to a cargo truck or a combination of the two.
- Crew: One
- Capacity: 12 passengers
- Length: 12.67 m (41.6 ft)
- Wingspan: 15.88 m (52.1 ft)
- Height: 4.70 m (15.4 ft)
- Empty weight: 2 073 kg (4 570 lbs)
- Max. takeoff weight: 3 969 kg (8 750 lbs)
- Powerplant: Single Pratt & Whitney turboprop
- Engine Power: 505 Kw (677 hp)
- Cruise speed: 365 km/h (197 mph)
- Range: 1 996 km (1 240 mi.) with max fuel & reserves
- Rate of climb: 235 metres/min (770 ft/min)