Cessna 208 Caravan

October 4, 2013 - 2:50am
The $2.4 million Grand Caravan EX upgrades the venerable workhorse with an 867-shp PT6 and adds Garmin G1000 avionics and a Hartzell propeller with slightly rounded edges.

Ah, that new airplane smell.

Cessna demo pilot Rip Lee and I climb aboard the factory-fresh Grand Caravan EX and I glance over at the Hobbs meter: 4.3 hours total time. Airplanes don’t get much newer than this.

September 3, 2013 - 3:20pm

FlightSafety International announced a “significant” expansion of the training the company offers for Cessna Citations and Caravans at its learning centers in Orlando, Fla.; San Antonio and Wichita. This includes training for the full Citation Excel/XLS series in Orlando, including a new level-D XLS+ sim outfitted with Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics; addition of the only existing CJ2+ simulator in San Antonio; and a Cessna Caravan simulator equipped with a Garmin G600 avionics suite that just came online in Wichita.

July 30, 2013 - 3:40pm

Blackhawk Modifications has delivered its first two XP42A Cessna Caravan 208As, a modification that replaces the stock 675-shp Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A with an 850-shp PT6A-42A, along with a new 100-inch-diameter Hartzell propeller. The first upgraded aircraft was delivered late last week to Waialua, Hawaii-based Skydive Hawaii. Guyana-based Trans Guyana Airways took delivery of its XP42A Cessna Caravan today at EAA AirVenture.

July 2, 2013 - 2:55pm

Blackhawk received FAA STC approval for its XP42A upgrade package for the Cessna Caravan 208A. The package includes a new 850-shp Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-42A engine; wide-chord, 100-inch-diameter Hartzell four-blade propeller; composite cowling and high-efficiency inlet duct; a larger oil cooler; Blackhawk DigiLog engine gauges; and a new exhaust stack. Deliveries will begin this month, Blackhawk said. The upgrade has been available for 208B Caravans, with more than two dozen installations performed to date.

June 3, 2013 - 12:20pm

France’s Bureau d’Enquetes et d’Analyses (BEA) made a formal recommendation to EASA that its data recorder requirement cover single-engine commercial aircraft the size of the Caravan. EASA has yet to respond. The request stems from the Sept. 5, 2010 crash of a Cessna 208 Caravan, the cause of which was determined to be creep rupture of a number of turbine blades on its Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6. The turboprop quit 11 minutes after takeoff from Pointe-à-Pitre Airport (TFFR) on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe.

May 28, 2013 - 3:15pm

North American Surveillance Systems introduced a sliding, air-operable cargo door for the Cessna Caravan. According to the Deland, Fla.-based company, the enhanced door requires no modification to the aircraft and installs in place of the standard two-piece cargo door. Installation of the new door, which adds about 45 pounds but has the same exterior profile as the original, takes about one hour, the company said. The air-operable feature enables parachute and bundle-dropping operations, it noted.

May 22, 2013 - 11:20am

Flight-testing is complete on Blackhawk Modifications’ Cessna 208A Caravan XP42A upgrade and FAA STC approval is imminent, according to the company. The upgrade provides the same operational advantages as the 208B Grand Caravan.

April 2, 2013 - 2:10am
Aero Twin will “work on anything you can get in the hangar. Let’s face it: this is Alaska and that’s the nature of the business,” said president Tony Cestnik.

Tony Cestnik, president of Anchorage, Alaska-based Aero Twin, carved a niche for himself and his business by making the Cessna Caravan more rugged to operate in the bush, and the experience he built in that untamed territory shaped his approach to the process.

January 10, 2013 - 2:05pm

Cessna Aircraft’s Grand Caravan EX received FAA type certification and has outperformed initial targets, the company announced today. Powered by a new Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-140 turboprop engine, the Grand Caravan EX boasts a 38-percent improvement in rate-of-climb over a stock Grand Caravan, a figure that exceeds the original 20-percent improvement projection. Deliveries to customers have already started.

December 3, 2012 - 1:16pm

A Cessna 208B Grand Caravan was destroyed in a November 18 crash that occurred about 10 a.m. shortly after takeoff from Snow Lake Airport (CJE4) in Manitoba, 360 miles north of Winnipeg. The pilot was killed while the eight passengers aboard were seriously injured. Authorities were notified of the crash into a remote region east of the airport after one of the injured passengers used a cellphone to call for help.

 
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