Northway Aviation was the first air service in Manitoba to operate a Cessna Caravan. Our first Caravan C-GJJM was purchased in 1992. We have continued to operate Caravans since then as we have found their safety, reliability and efficiency far greater than any similar sized aircraft. The Caravan has a great payload and is well suited for operating from gravel strips. With the ability to change the gear over in the summer to amphibious floats, our Caravans operate year-round and enable us to provide daily flights to our fishing lodge at Sasaginnigak as well as the community of Pauingassi (which does not have an airstrip) and directly to the community side in Little Grand Rapids (in addition to their airport).
The Caravan 208 has nine passenger seats. It was first produced in 1985 and by the end of 2007 over 415 aircraft of this type had been delivered to carriers world wide. The engine is a Pratt & Whitney PT6A-114A and has a speed of 186 knots or 214 miles per hour. Its range on wheels is 866 nautical miles. Caravan Amphibious has a speed of 162 knots or 187 miles per hour and a range of 790 nautical miles. The Caravan 208 was approved for floats and amphibious-type floats to be installed in aftermarket in 1985.
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The Grand Caravan is a versatile aircraft that is well designed to operate from unimproved airstrips and has a great payload of around 3000 lbs. The interior configuration allows space for up to nine passengers or for large cargo such as quads and snowmobiles. By the end of 2007 there were 1295 Grand Caravans in operation around the world. The Grand Caravan has a speed of 186 knots or 214 miles per hour and a range of 1188 nautical miles.
In April 2007 the Caravan accumulated more than 10 million flight hours.
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(Information provided from Cessna: www.cessna.com)