Aircraft Review

March 2008 Issue

Cessna Grand Caravan: Practical Personal T-Prop

Although it began life as a box hauler, the Grand Caravan competes ably with Socataís TBMs, Piperís Meridian and the PC-12.

What do you get when you take Paul Bunyan out of the nortí woods, force him to part with Babe the blue ox, exchange his wool shirt, boots and blue jeans for an Armani suit and bring him to a trendy cocktail party? A great-looking guy with muscles that fill the sleeves of his suit, who curses, spits on the floor, drains the entire punch bowl and, after offending everyone, staggers out with as much of the buffet as he can carry. Fortunately for Cessna, airplanes donít behave like humans, so when it decided to dress up one of the most successful back country, dirt strip, beat-it-up-and-haul-anything airplanes in history, the result turned out to be refined, classy and welcome anywhere. Plus, itís easy to fly and has a potty.

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