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Textron Moving Cessna Caravan Production To Independence

Cessna Caravan on Runway - Textron announces Cessna Caravan production moving to Independence

Textron Aviation has announced that they will be relocating Cessna Caravan production from their Witchita, Kansas facility to one in Independence, Kansas.

In an emailed statement, Lindsay Adrian, a Communication Manager for Textron, said,  “We remain focused on new product development and, as such, must ensure our footprint and facilities meet the current and future needs of the business. This move will utilize capacity at our Independence, Kansas facility while making our Wichita workforce available for new products such as the Citation Longitude and Cessna Denali. No employee jobs are expected to be impacted.

Additional Details on the Move for Cessna Caravan Production

Textron is still working through the details, and according to a company spokesperson, they are still “very early in the transition planning.” Some sources are saying that the move would most likely occur before 2018 at the latest when the company expects to begin test flights for the Cessna Denali. But with the recent ground engine tests laying the way for Cessna Longitude flight testing, expected in the upcoming weeks, it may happen much sooner.

Cessna’s Independence plant currently assembles a pair of members from the Citation family, the Citation M2 and Citation Mustang. In addition, it also assembles the Cessna TTx, Cessna Turbo Stationair 206 HD, Cessna Skylane 182 and Cessna Skyhawk 172.

The Caravan, which was certified in 1984 and first delivered in 1985, has been a solid platform for Cessna, with the 2,500th Caravan being delivered last year. And despite the reported dip in aircraft sales for the first two quarters this year, new Caravan sales remain strong, outpacing the Skyhawk, Skylane, and Stationair. Between the Caravan and Grand Caravan models, Textron shipped 32 aircraft, representing 18% of their total deliveries so far this year.

What Are the Specs on the Cessna Caravan and Cessna Grand Caravan?

Cessna Caravan Cessna Grand Caravan
Length 37 ft 7 in (11.46 m)  41 ft 7 in (12.67 m)
Height 14 ft 11 in (4.53 m)  15 ft 1 in (4.60 m)
Wingspan 52 ft 1 in (15.87 m)  52 ft 1 in (15.87 m)
Cessna Caravan Cessna Grand Caravan
Height 54 in (1.37 m)  54 in (1.37 m)
Width 64 in (1.63 m)  64 in (1.63 m)
Length 12 ft 9 in (3.88 m)  16 ft 9 in (5.10 m)
Maximum Occupants 10 – 14  10-14
Cessna Caravan Cessna Grand Caravan
Weight 325 lb (147.4 kg)  320 lb (145.1 kg)
Volume 32 cu ft (0.89 cu m)  32 cu ft (0.89 cu m)
Cessna Caravan Cessna Grand Caravan
Basic Empty Weight 4,730 lb (2,145 kg)  5,150 lb (2,336 kg)
Useful Load 3,305 lb (1,499 kg)  3,692 lb (1,675 kg)
Cessna Caravan Cessna Grand Caravan
Usable Fuel Weight 2,224 lb (1,009 kg)  2,246 lb (1,019 kg)
Usable Fuel Volume 332 gal (1,257 l)  335 gal (1,269 l)
Cessna Caravan Cessna Grand Caravan
Maximum Cruise Speed 186 ktas (344 km/h)  195 ktas (361 km/h)
Maximum Range 1,070 nm (1,982 km)  964 nm (1,785 km)
Takeoff Distance 2,055 ft (626 m)  2,160 ft (658 m)
Ground Roll 1,160 ft (354 m)  1,399 ft (426 m)
Landing Distance 1,625 ft (495 m)  1,871 ft (570 m)
Ground Roll 715 ft (218 m)  1,039 ft (317 m)
Maximum Operating Altitude 25,000 ft (7,620 m)  25,000 ft (7,620 m)
Maximum Climb Rate 1,234 fpm (376 mpm)  1,330 fpm (405 mpm)
Maximum Limit Speed 175 kias (324 km/h)  175 kias (324 km/h)
Stall Speed 61 kcas (113 km/h)  61 kcas (113 km/h)
Cessna Caravan Cessna Grand Caravan
Engine Manufacturer Pratt & Whitney  Pratt & Whitney
Model PT6A-114A PT6A-140
Power Rating 675 shp  867 shp
Prop Manufacturer McCauley  Hartzell
Description 3 blade metal, constant speed, full feathering  3 blade metal, constant speed, full feathering

For More information on the Cessna Caravan and Grand Caravan, you can visit Cessna’s website.

Featured Image: Courtesy of Textron Aviation

Anders Clark was introduced to aviation a few short years ago, and has developed an interest in aviation history and what the future of aviation will bring. A writer and editor, Anders enjoys researching and sharing the stories of aviation.