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C208 Caravan / C208B Grand Caravan

The turbine-powered 208 Caravan and its stretched variant the 208B Grand-Caravan allow large payloads to be carried over great distances

The Cessna 208 Caravan has become the backbone of MAF’s fleet and provides a great combination of range, capacity and flexibility.

The simple design and construction, along with a reliable Pratt and Whitney turbine engine which runs on Jet fuel, combine to keep maintenance time and costs to a minimum.

To suit rough airstrips, the Caravans are fitted with sturdy landing gear, larger tires, mud flaps, rubber scraper for the nose tire, and slighter longer nose gear to help prevent mud and rocks being thrown into the propeller when landing.

Right now, there is simply no other single engine aircraft in the category of a Caravan which is better suited for the work in South Sudan.

– Roland Sedlmeier, MAF pilot

Fully equipped for instrument flying, with GPS, weather radar and Stormscope, the Caravan is reliable and can still operate safely in more challenging conditions such as storms or during the rainy season.

In Mongolia for example, where ground temperatures can drop as low as -40ºC in winter, the Grand Caravan is fitted with full de-icing equipment.

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The turbine-powered 208 Caravan and its stretched variant the 208B Grand Caravan allow large payloads to be carried over great distances.

Capacity

Carries up to 13 passengers (208B) and 1,150kg supplies

Performance

­Cruising speed: 170 mph

Did you know?

Caravans are popular sky diving aircraft! Before you ask, it’s not something we offer…

Number in worldwide fleet

9 (208)
20 (208B)

Places in use

Angola
Chad
DR Congo
Haiti
Indonesia
Kenya
Madagascar
Mongolia
Papua New Guinea
South Sudan
Uganda

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MEDAIR mission accomplished!

February 6th, 2019|

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Cold weather protocol in Mongolia

February 1st, 2019|

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Healthcare brings hope for the Turkana

January 17th, 2019|

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When the planes are the cargo

January 14th, 2019|

MAF Pilots Simon Wunderli and Christiaan Haak departed on a flight that was out-of-the-ordinary even for them: a multi-day ferry flight from Moundridge, Kansas, USA to Mareeba, Australia in order to deliver the first [...]

Issa’s story

January 11th, 2019|

MAF assists a christian ministry that helped South Sudanese refugee Issa overcome trauma and fear. Their very name in Swahili is a faith-filled declaration: Tutapona — ‘We will be healed!’. Nearly one million refugees [...]

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