Cessna 208 Caravan – Eye This Special Cessna Aircraft Up… Almost Every Pilot Loves It!

Cessna 208 Caravan

On this page, we present the Cessna 208 Caravan, an outstanding small plane “born” in November 1981. The first flight, however, happened on December 9, 1982.

This turboprop plane is really great: it has only one turboprop engine, but with 675 hp! It can transport nine passengers without any problems, the newer models even have room for eleven.

Cessna 208 Caravan Review

The 208 models was conceived by Cessna in 1985 as a simple cargo aircraft suitable for rough terrain and extreme operations such as landings and takeoffs in jungles, deserts in countries with poor infrastructure.

The aim was to replace obsolete cargo aircraft such as the Beavers and Otters.

It must be said that this objective was fully achieved, because the Cessna 208 is a simple aircraft, easy to maneuver, and has fairly low maintenance costs, compared to other models in the same category.

The highly resistant suspension system allows you to land even on runways in poor conditions, which makes the Cessna 208 a popular aircraft in less-connected areas. However, it is also suitable for short business trips or vacations.

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This great little plane was born in the early 1970s when the private jet market was still underdeveloped.

The exact date of construction of the first Cessna 340 is 1972. It was proposed as an economical alternative to another Cessna produced in 1970, the 414.

The Cessna 208 Caravan Specs

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The Cessna 340 has a capacity of 9 passengers and 1 pilot. The maximum landing weight is 7,800 lb (3,538 kg)

The weight of the baggage can’t exceed 930 pounds whereas the gasoline needed for 4 passengers is180 gallons.

However, it is necessary to reduce it drastically to 118 if the airplane leaves with 6 passengers on board that is full.

Cessna 208 Caravan Dimensions & Baggage Capacity

The cabin is 04’06” high, 05’04” wide, and 12’09” long.

The cabin measures 04’06” high, 05’04” wide, and 12’09” long. It has a total baggage capacity of 32.00 ft^3; 32.00 ft^3 being internal and 00.00 ft^3 being external.

Cessna 208 Caravan Range

The range of the 208 is 1,070 nm (1,232 miles, 1,982 km).

Cessna 208 Caravan Cruise Speed

The Cessna 208 maximum cruise speed is 186 knots (344 km/h).

The Spacious Cessna 208 Caravan Interior

Cessna 208 Caravan - Eye This Special Cessna Aircraft Up... Almost Every Pilot Loves It! 1As said above, this incredible plane can seat one pilot and 9 passengers. Here are the dimensions of the cabin:

Height: 4 ft 3 In

Width: 5 ft 2 In

Length: 14 ft 10 In

But this isn’t all: with a FAR Part 23 waiver, it can seat up to 14 passengers!

All Cessna 208 Caravan Costs

Purchase Prices of the Cessna 208 Caravan

At the time of writing the price of a Cessna Caravan in North America ranges from a minimum of $750,000 to a maximum of $2,795,000. You can check it out for yourself by clicking on this link.

If you are in a geographic area other than Nordamerica you can instead click here for Europe and here for Asia.

In general, but not always, the newer is the aircraft, the higher is the cost.

Cessna 208 Caravan Operating Costs

In order to calculate the exact operating costs of this aircraft, it is necessary to know how many flight hours an aircraft will accumulate over the course of the year

However, if we base our calculation on a classic average of 450 hours per year and a cost of 4,25 dollars per gallon of gasoline, we will have about $265,000 per year of variable costs.

The fixed costs instead are around $56,000, so the total of all costs will arrive at $321,000. At this point, we can calculate with good approximation the hourly cost of flying the Cessna 208 Caravan: about 713 dollars per hour.

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Cessna 208 Caravan Annual Inspection Cost

According to this website, the annual inspection cost is $4,400.

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