Used Aircraft Guide

October 2007 Issue

Used Aircraft Guide: Cessna Caravan

When it was introduced, skeptics wondered if the world needed a hulking single-engine turboprop. Nearly 1700 airframes later, the world said it did.

Conceived as a next generation bushplane with turbine power, the Caravan was a huge risk for Cessna to take at a time when aircraft sales were collapsing and the selling price of a new turboprop would have to be multiples of the prices for the used, piston-pounding DeHavilland Beavers and Otters with which it was to compete. At $650,000 in 1985, the folks who worked airplanes hard for a living wore down a lot of sharp pencils trying to figure out whether Cessna’s new load hauler would also carry the debt load that wou ld come with it.

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