The Cessna 208 Caravan, is a single turboprop engine, fixed-gear short-haul regional airliner and utility aircraft. The airplane typically seats eight to nine passengers, with a dual or single person crew. The aircraft is also widely used for cargo transport.
The Caravan has undergone a number of design evolutions throughout its history. Working with FedEx, Cessna produced first the Cargomaster, and followed that with the stretched and upgraded Super Cargomaster. The passenger model, the Grand Caravan, was derived from the Super Cargomaster.
Cessna offers the 208B in many configurations. The basic 208 airframe can be outfitted with various types of landing gear, allowing it to operate in a wide variety of environments. Some common adaptations include skis, enlarged tires for unprepared runways and floats on the Caravan Amphibian model. In the cabin, the Caravan can be outfitted with seats or cargo holds. Many variants include an under-belly cargo pod, which can be used for additional freight capacity, or for passenger baggage.