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Cessna C208 Amphibian Operating Costs  
User currently offlineDrEsteban From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2009, 46 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 4 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 14626 times:

Hi all,

I have a number of questions on the cost involved operating the Cessna C208 Amphibian;

1) What would be the cost of leasing a new/used C208 in the US or Canada, and what would be included in this price?

2) Which type of insurances are needed for commercial operation (Part 121 vs Part 135) and what would be the approx cost?

3) The Cessna website states an hourly operating cost for the C208 ($358/hour), what is included in this number? Is this number realistic?

4) In addition to variable maintenance costs, what would be a realistic number for fixed maintenance costs? And, what is the effect of fresh water vs salt water on maintenance costs?

Any other useful info regarding operating the C208 is welcome. Thank you in advance.

Brgds,
Doc

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User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6428 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (5 years 4 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 14615 times:



Quoting DrEsteban (Thread starter):
3) The Cessna website states an hourly operating cost for the C208 ($358/hour), what is included in this number? Is this number realistic?

In my experience, manufacturer's operating cost numbers tend to be a bit overly optomistic...after all, they are trying to sell you something  twocents 



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User currently offlineLowrider From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 3220 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (5 years 4 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 14597 times:



Quoting DrEsteban (Thread starter):
2) Which type of insurances are needed for commercial operation (Part 121 vs Part 135) and what would be the approx cost?

The Caravan is not suitable for a 121 operation. As for Part 135, you will have to have, at a minimum, liability insurance. If you lease the bank will probably not allow you to self insure the hull. Cost is going to vary widely depending on where and what sort of operation you are engaged in, how many seats you have installed, and who is flying the plane. I am assuming you are planning to fly the aircraft at least part of the time. Do you have any formal training on it? If not the insurance company may require you to attend a course.



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