This is great news. I'm very excited for the SkyCourier. In many ways, a modern DC-3.
Huh? It's a 19-pax / 2.5 tonne, unpressurised, high-wing turboprop; a configuration that's been tried about 30 times since the DC-3. What's so exciting? The fact that it says 'Cessna' on it?
It's a modern Skyvan except that type had a bigger cabin and a rear ramp.
Or you can go out right now and buy a C.212 that will take three LD3s through the rear ramp - no handling gear needed to lift up to an elevated cargo door. I really don't understand the hype.
They do look similar, but that rear ramp adds complexity and weight, presumably stuff that FX was trying to avoid.
Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CASA_C-21 ... Series_400
Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cessna_40 ... ifications
Some comparisons using the two planes wiki pages Cost of C.212 in 2006 is $ 5.2 to 8 M, cost of $ 5.5M for SkyCourier
C.212 Payload 2,700 kg 408 2,722 kg
Inside cabin dimensions - C.212 doesn't say but can it fit LD-3's? 408 is 70"x70" section with 87" cargo door.
Length & wingspan - C.212 53'X66.5' 440 sf wing 408 55'X72'
Engines C.212 2 × Garrett AiResearch TPE331-10R-513C turboprop engines, 671 kW (900 hp) 408 2 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-65SC turboprop, 1,100 hp (820 kW) so the 408 has 400 extra HP, that is a big difference, also Pratts.
Speed C.212 354 km/h (220 mph, 191 kn) (max cruise) at 3,050 m (10,007 ft) 408 230 mph (370 km/h, 200 kn) maximum
So FedEX can get from Cessna a plane with probably a lot of common parts with the 208 which they have a shedfull of, a current price of $ 5.5M, the latest simple glass cockpit, Pratt engines which are also on the 208 with 400 extra Horsepower, no rear ramp which apparently they don't need. US manufacture vs Spain.
It is possible that FedEX considered the C.212 but decided that the 408 is a better deal. Yes the 408 is just a utility plane, but it appears that it is designed for both initial and operational economy. As FedEX has ordered 30 ATR42's they are familiar with other planes also.