After Bobby Bishop’s Texas Turbine Conversions converted the single-engine de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter from a PT6 to a TPE331 engine, the company needed another project. The Cessna Caravan looked like a good prospect, so Bishop bought a 1995 Cessna Grand Caravan 208B that had been used for hauling newspapers and had logged 9,000 hours.
Air Alliance, a Cessna service center based in Germany, has been designated an authorized Blackhawk distributor and installation center. Under the terms of the agreement, Blackhawk will purchase three new Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-42A engines for the Cessna 208 Grand Caravan series.
Cessna 208, Frederick, Md., April 21, 2009–While taxiing after landing, the pilot of the Caravan owned by Greystoke Engineering reported the engine spooling down after a “pop” sound was heard. He then saw smoke coming from the engine compartment and requested assistance. The airport line crew extinguished the fire, but not before it had extensively damaged the fuselage.
Cessna 208B Caravan, Columbus, Ohio, Dec. 5, 2007–The NTSB blamed the crash of the cargo Caravan on “the pilot’s failure to maintain aircraft control...due to spatial disorientation.” Factors were the low ceiling and night conditions. The Caravan was topped off and de-iced after landing at Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK).
StandardAero and Banyan Air Service have signed a support center agreement authorizing Banyan as a StandardAero-approved installation facility for the Cessna 208 Caravan engine-upgrade program. Banyan is a Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport-based FBO and maintenance facility.
Development of innovative offshore islands has made the United Arab Emirates ideal territory for seaplane services–at least that is the view of a team led by Sheikh Saeed Mohammed Hasher Al Maktoum who has formed Seawings to operate aerial sightseeing services.
Cessna Caravan 208B, Bethel, Alaska, Jan. 15, 2008–The Grant Aviation Caravan touched down between the runway and the taxiway in the snow removed from the active surfaces; the Safety Board blamed “the pilot’s selection of unsuitable terrain for landing.” Contributing factors were snow-covered terrain, blowing snow and flat lighting conditions.
Cessna Caravan 208B, La Junta, Chile, June 7, 2008–The commercial pilot was killed when the Patagonia Airlines Caravan crashed in the mountains west of La Junta in instrument conditions; the nine passengers received only minor injuries. Chile’s Direccion General de Aeronautica Civil is conducting the investigation.
Air-taxi firm Linear Air in late June launched Eclipse 500 service in the greater New York City area. Linear Air’s aircraft is based at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y., but will be serving major and regional airports throughout the tri-state region, as well as the Northeast and mid-Atlantic. The Concord, Mass.-based company currently operates four Eclipse 500 very light jets and five Cessna Grand Caravan turboprop singles.
Cessna Caravan 208B, Greensburg, Ind., June 1, 2008–The Skydive Greensburg Caravan was at 7,000 feet msl, with 14 skydivers aboard, when the pilot heard an explosion followed by a metal grinding noise coming from the engine. The airplane vibrated and smoke filled the cabin. The engine quit and the pilot shut off