July 23, 2012
By Sarah Brown
An engine upgrade will boost the Grand Caravan EX—EX for “Extra”—to 867 shaft horsepower, Cessna Aircraft announced July 23.
Cessna has delivered the Caravan with a 675-shaft-horsepower engine for more than 20 years, said Lannie O’Bannion, Cessna Caravan business leader. Now, “It’s time for more power,” he said. Equipped with a Pratt & Whitney PT6A-140, the EX will reach 194 knots without the cargo pod, he said, an increase of about 10 knots.
Cessna said other performance improvements include a 350-foot reduction in takeoff roll and a 20-percent improvement in the rate of climb.
The higher-power aircraft already has its first customer, O’Bannion said: Saudi prince Sultan Bin Salman.
Because of the additional power, the EX will enable a new type of flying for Grand Caravan customers: “The Caravan EX is going to have enough horsepower that we can now float the Grand Caravan,” O’Bannion said. The Grand Caravan EX will have an optional float installation through Wipaire.
Also on display at the Cessna exhibit were a range of aircraft, from the Skycatcher to the American Patriot Citation Mustang.
Cessna Aircraft staff gathered around the first production Citation Latitude to celebrate another step toward certification of an aircraft important to the firm’s future.
New draft airman certification standards are available for review on the FAA’s website. In addition to releasing the draft standards, the FAA also announced that it would be deleting questions from the private pilot airplane knowledge test, effective Feb. 9.
A California charter school has teamed up with a glider school to give students a potentially life-changing opportunity.
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