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Cessna 208 Caravan
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PH-BSU Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster c/n 208B0957 - Para Centrum Texel - Texel airfield in Holland - 7 October 2021 CS-EAQ Tecnam P2006T

The Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster is a single-turbo-engine, fixed-gear, utility transport aircraft and short-haul airliner for upto fourteen passengers and one or two crew. Cessna Aircraft Company, Wichita, Kansas, USA, started development of the Cessna Model 208 by the end of the 1970s as a single-engined turboprop aircraft for up to ten passengers or up to a ton of load. The Cessna Model 208 was designed as a rugged utility aircraft to replace the aging De Havilland Canada Otters, Beavers and Beech 18 aircraft in use with bush operators. Therefor the design had to include the possibillity to equip the aircraft with skis and floats for use in remote areas with extreme weather changes, mountainous terrain and rough landing conditions. Final design work of the Cessna Model 208 started in 1979. The prototype Model 208 (serial number 699), registered N208LP, flew first on 9 December 1982. FAA-certification for the Cessna Model 208 Caravan I was awarded on 23 October 1984. The first Caravan was delivered on 25 February 1985, to an air service provider in Alaska, and the next day Federal Express (now FedEx) took delivery of its first Caravan, which included a belly cargo pod and other modifications specially designed for the express delivery pioneer. The Cessna 208A Cargomaster, was developed with FedEx as a pure-cargo version of the Caravan. A further development with a lengthened fuselage is the Cessna 208B. The protoptype Model 208B Super Cargomaster, registered N9767F, flew first on 3 March 1986. The 208B Super Cargomaster entered service with Federal Express in 1986. Federal Express was the main operator of the Cessna 208 with a fleet of 39 Cessna 208A Cargomasters and over 200 Cessna 208B Super Cargomasters all-cargo variants. These aircrafts have a large cargo door, no side windows and are fitted with additional cargo tiedown points, cargo nets and an underfuselage cargo pannier. Fourty aircraft were built as Model 208A’s, these were subsequently all converted to Model 208’s by embodiment of a Cessna Service Kit or out of service. The designation Model 208A was removed from the FAA TCDS at Rev 13. The Cessna Model 208B Grand Caravan was the passenger model derived from the Super Cargomaster and was certified on 13 december 1989. Many Grand Caravan variants include an underbelly cargo pod, which can be used for additional freight capacity, or for passenger baggage. In 2012, the Cessna Grand Caravan EX with a Garmin Glass Cockpit and a 867 shp Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-140 engine was announced. The new model keeps its 208B designation, but gives operators a great deal more power, thanks to the expressly for the EX developed Pratt & Whitney PT6-140 turboprop engine. In January 2013, after a quick certification test program, Cessna earned FAA approval for the Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX. A number of Cessna 208 variants is converted to skydiving aircraft with the left-side cargo hatch converted to a roll-up door. This skydiving platform makes its possible to bring up to 20 parachutists to the jump height. The military variants of the Cessna Model 208 uses the designations U-27A; C-16 and Cessna AC-208 Combat Caravan. In 1985, Cessna Aircraft Company ceased to be an independent company. It was purchased by General Dynamics Corporation and became a wholly owned subsidiary. In 1992, General Dynamics sold Cessna to Textron Inc. and on 29 July 2015, the company name changed to Textron Aviation Inc., Wichita, Kansas. Building of the Cessna 208 started in Wichita. In May 2012, Cessna announced that an assembly line for the 208 by a Cessna-AVIC joint venture would be established in Shijiazhuang in the People's Republic of China. In August 2016, Textron announced that it is moving the Cessna 208 production from its Wichita headquarters to its Independence, Kansas production facility. Over 2.500 Cessna 208 aircraft in the diverent variations have been delivered since the Cessna 208 entered service in 1985.
The ICAO Aircraft Type Designator for the Cessna 208 is C208.

The 2002-built Cessna 208B s/n 208B0957 was testflown as N5268M. On 20 June 2002, the Cessna was registered G-ZOBA in the UK with Centreline Air Charter c/o Bristol Flying Centre, Bristol. On 29 October 2004, registration G=ZOBA was cancelled as exported to Canada. On 12 November 2004, the Cessna 208B was registered C-GOTA with Sky Freight Express t/a Tal Air Charters, Pearson Intl Airport, Toronto, Ontario. On 3 May 2005, Cessna 208B C-GOTA was registered with Georgian Express, Mississauga, Ontario. The C-GOTA was offered for sale and Benair in Norway made a reservation for registration LN-PBM: the sale did not go through and the reservation for registration LN-PBM was cancelled. In July 2005, Cessna 208B C-GOTA was sold to Ascendix in the Netherlands and flown from Toronto, Canada, to Texel Intl Airport in the Netherlands, where it arrived on 25 July. On 2 August 2005, registration C-GOTA was cancelled as exported to the Netherlands. On 4 August 2005, the Cessna 208B was registered PH-BSU (Blue Side Up) with Ascendix to be operated Skydive Blue Side Up out of Texel. After the activities of Skydive Blue Side Up had ended at the end of 2006, the Cessna 208B PH-BSU was sold to Stichting Blue Sky Services. On 5 April 2007, the PH-BSU regstered with Stichting Blue Sky Services to be operated by Skydive Rotterdam (Flying Dutchmen). In the last quarter of 2015 the Cessna 208B PH-BSU was transferred in an airplane swap to Para Centrum Texel / Tessel Air. Before entering service with Para Centrum Texel, the Cessna was modified whereby not only the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A Turbo Prop engine and the three blade McCauley Airplane Propeller were replaced by a PT6A-114A Turbo Prop engine and a four blade MT-Propeller Model MTV-16-1, but the cargo aircraft was also fitted with windows. On 6 January 2016, the registration of the PH-BSU in the aviation register was adjusted with the new MTV-16-1 propellor.
On 7 October 2021, Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster PH-BSU was seen at Texel International Airport.

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