Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Caravan for the Jet Set
Cessna’s Caravan goes plush, with all the accoutrements of a jet (except the speed)
Ride in the back of Brian Linehan’s new Grand Caravan, and you’d hardly know you were traveling in a $2 million single-engine turboprop rather than in a $6 to $8 million corporate twin jet.
Well, okay, that’s a little hyperbolic. You could look out the window and notice that there’s a high wing overhead.
Not a lot of jets with that feature. You also might see the ground below and note that you’re not traveling especially high or fast.
If you’re reasonably astute and facing forward, you might perceive the blur of a prop out front, a dead giveaway that your thrust is courtesy of Bernoulli rather than Whittle.
Linehan Aviation transports corporate executives in the nine-seat Caravan’s huge cabin, which is 62 inches wide, more than 48 inches tall and nearly 17 feet long. Pilots fly behind a Garmin G1000 glass suite.
|Icom IC-A24 Handheld www.icomamerica.com |
The IC-A24 offers VHF NAV/COM functions, including a duplex feature that allows you to talk using the selected COM frequency while the unit displays a digital CDI showing deviation on the selected NAV channel.
Cessna currently offers four models of the 208, the straight Caravan 675 and 675 amphibian, plus the Super Cargomaster and Grand Caravan, the latter two airplanes are stretched four feet (and not approved for the float option). All fly behind the seemingly bulletproof 675 hp P&W PT6A-114A, rated for 3,600 hours between overhauls.
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