Caravan I - The WorkhorseCome back with us to the beginning of the Caravan story!
You are about to see the first promotional video produced by Cessna in 1984 for what was then called Caravan I – The Workhorse!
Cessna, building on its long history of successful utility aircraft, wanted to design an airplane that was big, versatile, durable, safe, dependable, and economical.
While this video shows Cessna more than accomplished that goal, we must keep in mind there have been many improvements on the original Caravan depicted here:
Gross weight has gone from 7,000 lbs to 8,000 in today’s Caravan, to 8,750 lbs in the Grand Caravan and the Grand Caravan EX, with the resulting increased payload and range in each model.
The powerplant – the Pratt & Whitney PT-6A has gone from the -114 600-hp, to the -114A 675-hp, to the -140 870-hp engine in the Grand Caravan EX. The TBO is now 3,600 for all engine models.
The capacity for both cargo and people has also increased with the addition of the cargo pod, and by stretching the original Caravan fuselage four feet in the Grand Caravan and Grand Caravan EX.
The engine compartment is now even more accessible with cowlings that open to expose more of the engine, and the battery is now on a swivel out tray under the cowling.
So, come with us now on a trip to the beginning of one of the most successful airplanes ever built – the Cessna Caravan!
Caravan I - All ModelThis video was produced when there were only 1,600 Caravans operating in the world. It is the first “All Model” video and shows the dramatic improvements made to the original Caravan over 20 years. Performance was enhanced, state-of-the-art avionics added, and the airplane now has a variety of uses from its original utilitarian function to cargo/passenger combination to upscale personal and executive transportation. Its use is limited only by your imagination!
Today there are more than 3,000 Caravans in operation throughout the world, with even further improvements to the airplane with the addition of the TKS de-icing system and the Garmin G1000 avionics suite. And, in 2013, Cessna introduced the Caravan EX with the PT6A-140 engine developing 867 shp! More about all this in future videos.
Enjoy Chapter 2 of the story of the Caravan!
Caravan - 675 Amphibian
Caravan - Grand Caravan
Caravan - Cargomaster
Caravan - Sure Thing