Reims-Cessna F406 Caravan II

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F406 Caravan II
Reims F406 Caravan II, France - Army AN0632367.jpg
A Caravan II of the French Army
Role Twin-engined utility
National origin France/United States
Manufacturer Reims Aviation
First flight 22 September 1983
Status In service, production to recommence
Primary user French Army
Number built 85[1]
Developed from Cessna 404
A Cessna F406 of Air-taxi Europe
An F406 of the Hellenic Coast Guard
A F406 Surmar at Paris Air Show in 2007

The Reims-Cessna F406 Caravan II is a turboprop twin engine utility aircraft manufactured and designed by Reims Aviation in cooperation with Cessna.

Design and development[edit]

The F406 Caravan II is a twin turboprop engined, fourteen-seat low-wing monoplane of conventional aluminium and steel construction.[clarification needed] It is a development of the Cessna 404 with two Pratt & Whitney PT6 turboprop engines. The aircraft first flew on 22 September 1983,[2] and was produced by Reims Aviation until the company's 2013 demise.[3] In 2014, aircraft engine manufacturer Continental Motors, Inc., American subsidiary of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China, partnered with French-based marketer ASI Innovation to purchase rights to the F406; Continental Motors intends to restart production, including a diesel piston engine variant, with marketing to be carried out by ASI.[1][4]

The F406 is aimed at passenger and small cargo transport, and civilian and military surveillance. For extra cargo capacity a cargo pod can be fitted to the belly of the aircraft. The Surmar is a new maritime surveillance version of the aircraft with extra equipment such as a 360 degree radar.

Though the F406 is more expensive to operate than single-engine aircraft of the same passenger capacity such as the Cessna 208 Caravan, having two engines makes it comply with European regulations regarding commercial operations, which only allow multi-engine aircraft for commercial instrument flight.


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Data from Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1988-89 [8]

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two
  • Capacity: 12 passengers
  • Length: 11.89 m (39 ft 0 in)
  • Wingspan: 15.08 m (49 ft 5¾ in)
  • Height: 4.01 m (13 ft 2 in)
  • Wing area: 23.50 m2 (253 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 2,283 kg (5,033 lb)
  • Gross weight: 4,246 kg (9,360 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-112 turboprop, 373 kW (500 hp) each


  • Maximum speed: 424[9] km/h (263 mph)
  • Cruising speed: 260 km/h (160 mph)
  • Range: 2,135[10] km (1,327 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 9,145 m (30,000 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 9.4 m/s (1,850 ft/min)

See also[edit]

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Pope, Stephen (March 28, 2014). "Continental To Build Former Cessna Cabin Class Twin: Engine maker buys type certificate". Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Taylor 1988, p. 79.
  3. ^ "GECI Aviation". Retrieved 9 June 2012.[dead link]
  4. ^ "Cessna Twin Returns to production in France". AOPA pilot: 36. June 2014. 
  5. ^ Cobham Receives AUD$ 7 million Additional Contract Extension from Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, article retrieved 23 July 2013.
  6. ^ Hoyle Flight International 8–14 December 2015, p. 43.
  7. ^ "Airscene: Military affairs". Air International, Vol. 56, No. 1, January 1999. p. 3.
  8. ^ Taylor 1988, p.80.
  9. ^ Indicated Air Speed.
  10. ^ Max cruise, 45 min reserves

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