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Cessna Caravan Vs. PC-12

Thu Jul 13, 2006 12:33 pm

How do these to compare when it comes to economics? Cessna says the Grand Caravan can be profittable with less then 4 passengers? How did they come up with that? Also the PC12 is much faster than the C208, does it cost more to run the PC12 vs. the C208, can anyone help??

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RE: Cessna Caravan Vs. PC-12

Fri Jul 14, 2006 1:43 am

Sorry, but you can't compare those two aircrafts like this. The Caravan is a "van", as it's name already says, an aircraft made for transport out of bad runways, loading quite a bunch of stuff. It's a kind of modern bush plane, although used and advertised also in other segments. It's speed of roughly 160 kts and the lack of a pressurized cabin makes it for me hard to compare with the PC-12.

The PC-12 on the other hand - although working well from short and bad runways and having a flexible cabin as well - is a much more luxurious and faster plane. It's pressurized cabin takes the passengers well above the weather and will let them make the destination rather quick, even if it's far, as it's speed of 260 - 280 Kts isn't to bad either. For sure, this plane is in another class and costs more money.

If you like to compare the PC-12, I wold suggest doing it with the Beech 200 or Cessna's CJ 1. If there is a Pilatus product to be compared with the Caravan, I would say, it's the PC-6, the so called Pilatus Porter. While the Caravan is your "Truck", the PC-12 is more the Limo.

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RE: Cessna Caravan Vs. PC-12

Fri Jul 14, 2006 6:02 am

How many Caravans have been sold anyway.....we have at least 15 here in BZE..Cessna has got to be mintign money.
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RE: Cessna Caravan Vs. PC-12

Fri Jul 14, 2006 6:12 am

Quoting Yellowtail (Reply 2):
How many Caravans have been sold anyway.....we have at least 15 here in BZE..Cessna has got to be mintign money.

No doubt, it has been an extremely successful aircraft. They are ubiquitous in Africa as well as Central America, and there are hundreds of freighter versions flying around the U.S. for FedEx and others. I even see them on floats here in NYC, flying from the East River out to the Hamptons. I have only flown on them a few times--twice in South Africa and twice in Tanzania--but my flights were very enjoyable. Here is one Caravan flight I'd really love to take:

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Edit: to answer your question, over 1,500 have been built!

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