The Cessna Caravan is a single-engine turboprop airplane manufactured by Cessna. It is generally used as a short-haul airliner and utility aircraft.
The first prototype Caravan flew in December 1982, intended as a replacement for previous models such as the Cessna 206. The aircraft was introduced in 1984, and shortly after FedEx became the Caravan's biggest customer, leading them to add 48 inches to the airplane's fuselage. This became the 208B Super Cargomaster variant.
The fourth variant in the series, the Grand Caravan, was introduced in October 1990.
The Cessna Caravan measures a total of 37 feet and 7 inches (11.46 m) long, with a wingspan of 51 feet and one inch (15.88 m). Its maximum landing weight is 7,800 lb (3,538 kg) and its empty weight is 4,730 lb (2,145 kg). The aircraft features a Pratt & Whitney PT6A-114A engine that produces approximately 600 to 1,075 horsepower, with a fuel capacity of 332 gallons plus a 45-minute reserve. It also features a 3-bladed McCauley propellor.
The aircraft's cruise speed is 214 mph (186 kn, 344 km/h), and its stall speed is 70 mph (61 kn, 113 km/h). Its range is 1,232 mi (1,070 nmi, 1,982 km). Its service ceiling is 25,000 ft (7,600 m), and its climb rate is 1,234 ft/min (6.27 m/s).
It features a Garmin G1000 installation with a GFC700 autopilot.