Average hourly rate including fixed and variable costs based on the number of annual flight hours. As the chart displays, fixed costs are spread over more hours, the more you fly up to the point where additional crew will be required. Total Fixed Costs are expenses which are required no matter how many hours you fly. These costs typically include crew, hangar, insurance, training and other miscelaneous expenses. Crew expenses will vary based on many factors such as the experience, certifications, location and amount of time they are expected to be away from home base.

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The Cessna Caravan began deliveries in The Caravan can be fitted with seats or cargo holds. In addition it can be equipped with amphibious floats or skis making it a truly versatile aircraft.

First flight came in December and the production model was certified by the FAA in October The Grand Caravan passenger model was eventually derived from the Super Cargomaster. Cessna offers the B in many configurations. The basic airframe can be outfitted with various types of landing gear- allowing it to operate in a wide variety of environments.

Many variants also include an under-belly cargo pod- which can be used for additional freight capacity- or for passenger baggage. As we mentioned in past articles- a potential operator should focus on payload capability. The Caravan has the seating capacity for nine passengers whereas the Meridian and TBM C2 can each accommodate five. The productivity index requires further discussion in that the factors used can be somewhat arbitrary.

Productivity can be defined and it is here as the multiple of three factors. Range with full payload and available fuel; 2. The long range cruise speed flown to achieve that range; 3.

The cabin volume available for passengers and amenities. The result is a very large number so for the purpose of charting- each result is divided by one billion.

The examples plotted are confined to the aircraft in this study. Others may choose different parameters- but serious business aircraft buyers are usually impressed with Price- Range- Speed and Cabin Size.

After consideration of the Price- Range- Speed and Cabin Size- we can conclude that the Caravan as shown on the productivity index Chart D is reasonably competitive with the other aircraft in the field of study. Table B right contains the retail prices from the May Vref edition for each aircraft. The prices shown are for the last year of manufacture. Over the past 12 months since the end of April the Caravan has averaged 3.

The top seven countries that the Caravan operates in are as follows: U. The Caravan has the shortest take-off airport field length TOFL of all the aircraft in this field of study.

There are other qualities such as terminal area performance- and time-to-climb performance that might factor in a buying decision- too. Essentially- the Caravan fares well against its competition- so those operators in the market should find the preceding comparison of value. Our expectations are that this aircraft- which started delivering in will continue to do very well in the pre-owned market.

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Compare Products View Site. View Site. With its powerful turboprop engine, the Caravan aircraft delivers the rare combination of high performance, low operating costs and ability to adapt to a wide variety of missions. The powerful, efficient, dependable horsepower PT6AA turbine engine gives the Caravan turboprop its exceptional payload capabilities.


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