Aircraft of the Month: Cessna 208

The Cessna 208 Caravan is a popular, single-engine aircraft used for short haul flights. The basic 208 airframe can be outfitted with various types of landing gear, allowing it to operate in a variety of environments.

Common adaptations include skies, floats and enlarged tires for unprepared runways. The Amphibian style of the  Caravan is often seen flying along British Columbia’s coastline due to the aircraft’s ability to take nine passengers further than any other single engine floatplane, making it a popular choice for reaching remote areas non-stop.

Due to the adaptability of the cabin, this aircraft can be used for strictly cargo, or a combination of passengers and cargo.

Operators: SeaAir, Fedex, various militaries
Manufacturer: Cessna
Country: United States
First Flight: August 8, 1982
Crew: 1
Cruise Speed: 317 km/h 
Height: 4.32 m (14 ft 2in)
Length: 12.67 m (41 ft 7 in)
Wing Span: 15.88 m (52 ft 1in)
Passenger Capacity: 9
Maximum Take-Off Weight: 3,970 kg (8,360 lb)
Maximum Range: 1518.64 km (820 nm)
Engine: 1 × Pratt & Whitney PT6A-114A , 505 kW (677 hp)

Did you Know? A number of Caravans are operated as skydiving aircraft with the left-side cargo hatch converted to a roll-up door.

YVR Connection: SeaAir, a local YVR carrier with both scheduled and charter service, uses the Cessna 208 as its flagship aircraft. 


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