100th Cessna Grand Caravan EX delivered

The Cessna Grand Caravan EX (Image © Cessna Aircraft Company)
The Cessna Grand Caravan EX (Image © Cessna Aircraft Company)

Hussain Ali Rashid Almoalla of the aviation club of the United Arab Emirates is the proud owner of the 100th ever delivered Cessna Grand Caravan EX. A milestone for the American aircraft manufacturer – and for Mr. Aloalla of course.

The lucky owner of the Grand Caravan EX also owns a Cessna Skylane and Cessna Stationair and is personally flying the plane to its home in Abud Dhabi, 9000 nautical miles from the take-off point.

The Cessna Grand Caravan EX was announced in 2012. Compared to earlier models the EX model has the more powerful Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-140 engine and a customer configurable interior. The aircraft features the Garmin G1000 avionics suite. With 1,004 feet (306 m) of runway the EX needs 350 feet less for take-off. With 185 knots (343 kmh) the machine is 10 to 12 knots in cruise speed ahead of its older versions.

But no airplane can fly unlimited for ever, so even Mr. Aloalla has to make a fuel stop every 792 nautical miles (1,467 km) or so. Apart from many commercial users, wildlife rescue missions and aid organisations are amongst the users of the Cessna Crand Caravan EX.

© 2014 AIRheads’ editor Marcel Burger based on source information provided by the Cessna Aircraft Company