Cessna 208 Caravan
|Cessna 208 Caravan|
|208B Grand caravan with cargo pod, inflight|
|Role||Light transport turboprop|
|National origin||United States|
|First flight||August 8, 1982|
|Primary users||FedEx Feeder
Brazilian Air Force
Afghan National Army Air Force
Colombian Air Force
|Variants||Soloy Pathfinder 21|
The Cessna 208 Caravan is an American single-engined turboprop, fixed-tricycle landing gear, short-haul regional airliner and utility aircraft that is built in the United States by Cessna. The airplane typically seats nine passengers with a single pilot, although with a FAR Part 23 waiver it can seat up to fourteen passengers. The aircraft is also used for cargo feederliner operations.
The Cessna 208 is a high-wing braced cabin monoplane powered by a single Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A turboprop in tractor configuration. It has a fixed tricycle landing gear but can also be fitted with floats or skis. The cabin has room for nine passengers and two crew when used as a passenger aircraft with four doors, one for each crew member and an airstair door on right-side and a cargo door on the left. The aircraft can be optionally fitted with an underslung cargo pod.
The basic 208 airframe can be outfitted with various types of landing gear, allowing it to operate in a wide variety of environments. Some common adaptations include skis, enlarged tires for unprepared runways, and floats on the Caravan Amphibian model.
The Caravan interior can be outfitted with seats or as cargo holds. The standard high-density airline configuration has four rows of 1-2 seating behind the two seats in the cockpit. This variant is capable of holding up to thirteen passengers, although it is marketed as being able to make a profit carrying just four. The cabin can be configured in a low density passenger configuration, with 1-1 seating, as a combination of passengers and cargo, or as a strictly cargo aircraft. Many variants include an underbelly cargo pod, which can be used for additional freight capacity, or for passenger baggage. A number of Caravans are operated as skydiving aircraft with the left-side cargo hatch converted to a roll-up door.
The prototype first flew in December 1982. The production model was certified by the FAA in October 1984. Since then, the Caravan has undergone a number of design evolutions. Working with FedEx, Cessna produced first the Cargomaster and followed that with the stretched and upgraded Super Cargomaster. The passenger model, the Grand Caravan, was derived from the Super Cargomaster. In January 2013 a higher-powered (867 shp from P&WC PT6A-140) version, the Grand Caravan EX, received FAA certification. This higher-powered version will be produced by a Cessna-AVIC joint venture in China.
In May 2012 Cessna announced that an assembly line for the 208 would be established in China. The government-owned China Aviation Industry General Aircraft (CAIGA) will conduct final assembly of Caravans at its plant in Shijiazhuang for the Chinese market.
In August 2016, Textron announced that it is moving the Cessna 208 production from its Wichita headquarters to its Independence, Kansas production facility, where it will be built alongside along the piston-powered 172S Skyhawk, 182T Skylane, T206H Turbo Stationair and Cessna TTx, and the Citation Mustang and Citation M2 light jets. The move was made to make room for the Citation Longitude and Cessna Denali in Wichita.
- 208 Caravan I
- First production variant with a PT6A-114 turboprop engine and seating for up to nine passengers. Official named Caravan it is sometimes known as Caravan I to distinguish it from later variants. Available as a landplane which was type approved on 23 October 1984 and the seaplane version with Wipline Model 8000 Amphibious/Seaplane Floats was type approved on the 26 March 1986. Early aircraft can be modified to use the higher-powered PT6A-114A but have a restricted operating limits. Aircraft from serial number 20800277 built with the PT6A-114A engine which can be used without restriction.
- 208 Caravan 675
- Marketing designation for the 208 Caravan with a higher-powered PT6A-114A engine.
- 208A Cargomaster
- Developed with FedEx, a pure-cargo version of the Caravan. The "A" designation has caused some confusion over the years. It denotes a specific option package for FedEx aircraft only, and not a distinct model. All 208A aircraft were produced and serialized as 208 models. FedEx purchased 40 of this version.
- 208B Grand Caravan
- Officially named the 208B Caravan but marketed as the Grand Caravan it is a 4 feet (1.2 m) stretch of the Caravan I. The 208B has a PT6A-114A engine. Originally certified as a two-seater cargo version on 9 October 1986 and as a 11-seater passenger aircraft on 13 December 1989. The 208B was fitted with a Garmin G1000 Integrated Cockpit System and an optional ice protection system.
- 208B Grand Caravan EX
- Version of the 208B Caravan marketed as the Grand Caravan EX and certified in December 2012, powered by a 867 hp (647 kW) Pratt and Whitney Canada PT6A-140 that improves climb by 38%. The model's upgrade is aimed at float operators and will compete with aftermarket conversions. The 208B Grand Caravan is 4 ft (1.2 m) longer than the 208; extending the cabin by the same amount. The unladen weight is 807 lb (366 kg) more but maximum payload is only 90 lb (41 kg) more. While the 192 hp (143 kW) more powerful PT6A-140 gives a 11 knots (20 km/h) higher cruise speed, and better climb - by 94 feet per minute (0.48 m/s), range is 964 nautical miles (1,785 km) less on a similar fuel capacity. It requires a longer take off at 2,160 feet (660 m) and landing at 1,871 feet (570 m).
- 208B Super Cargomaster
- Marketing name for the cargo variant of the 208B series. FedEx purchased 260 of this variant.
- Caravan Amphibian
- A 208 or 208B with either Wipaire 8000 or 8750 floats in place of the landing gear, for water landings or land operations.
Production aircraft modified after delivery by Supplemental Type Certificate:
- Soloy Pathfinder 21
- A twin-engined stretch of the 208 that was developed by the Soloy Corporation. This aircraft features two PT6D-114A engines driving a single propeller and a 70-inch (1,800 mm) fuselage stretch behind the wing.
- 850 Caravan
- 208 with an 850 hp (634 kW) Honeywell TPE331-12JR-701S engine, installed by Aero Twin Inc.
- 950 Grand Caravan
- 208B with a 1,000 hp (746 kW) Honeywell TPE331-12JR-704AT engine, installed by Aero Twin Inc.
- Blackhawk Caravan
- 208 and 208B conversion to 850 hp (634 kW) PT-6A-42A.
- Supervan 900
- 208B with a 850 hp (634 kW) (900 hp (671 kW) flat-rated) Honeywell TPE331-12JR engine, installed by Texas Turbine
- XP42A Upgrade
- 208B with an 850 hp (634 kW) Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-42A engine, installed by Blackhawk
- Is a United States military designation for the Cessna 208.
- Was a United States military designation for proposed use by the United States Army.
- The Brazilian Air Force designation for the standard U-27.
- AC-208 Combat Caravan
- An ISTAR version built by ATK armed with Hellfire missiles is used by the Iraqi air force. The AC-208 received its combat debut in January 2014 when the Iraqi Air Force began employing it against insurgents in Anbar province. One aircraft crashed in March 2016.
- The Lebanese Air Force requested a new AC-208 and the conversion of the C-208 it already operates.
- Other AC-208s are scheduled to be delivered to countries in the Middle East and Africa through the Foreign Military Sales program. Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Burkina Faso are possible recipients of these AC-208 Combat Caravans.
The Cessna 208 is used by governmental organizations and by a large number of companies for police, air ambulance, passenger transport, air charter, freight and parachuting operations. FedEx Express operates 239 aircraft.
A total of 134 Cessna 208s were in military service in 2016.
Specifications (208 Caravan)
Data from Cessna Textron
- Crew: one or two
- Capacity: nine passengers or 13 with FAR Part 23 waiver
- Length: 37 ft 7 in (11.46 m)
- Wingspan: 52 ft 1 in (15.88 m)
- Height: 14 ft 11 in (4.55 m)
- Wing area: 279 sq ft (25.9 m2)
- Aspect ratio: 9.702
- Airfoil: wing root: NACA 23017.424, wing tip: NACA 23012
- Empty weight: 4,730 lb (2,145 kg)
- Gross weight: 8,000 lb (3,629 kg) maximum landing weight : 7,800 lb (3,538 kg)
- Fuel capacity: 2,224 lb (1,009 kg)/332 gal (1,257 l)
- Cabin Height: 54 in (1.37 m)
- Cabin Width: 64 in (1.63 m)
- Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney PT6A-114A turboprop, 675 shp (503 kW)
- Propellers: 3-bladed McCauley Constant speed, full feathering, reversible pitch
- Cruising speed: 214 mph; 186 kn (344 km/h) true air speed
- Stall speed: 70 mph; 61 kn (113 km/h) calibrated air speed
- Range: 1,232 mi; 1,070 nmi (1,982 km)
- Service ceiling: 25,000 ft (7,620 m)
- Rate of climb: 1,234 ft/min (6.27 m/s)
- Wing loading: 28.674 lb/sq ft (140.00 kg/m2)
- Garmin G1000 with GFC700 integrated digital automatic flight control system
- Related development
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