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Story and photos by Rich hulina

The cowl splits in two and is easily removed with two quick-release pins on each side. One-hundred-hour inspections are completed using the Cessna Phase Card Program–showing what has to be done at each inspection and targeting different areas each time.

The Caravan offers a fast, comfortable ride not found in many bushplanes. Although the aircraft has some disadvantages, it has attracted a steady clientele. Rumours of the Caravan being a water hog might have been true with the earlier 600-hp amphibious version, but on straight floats our machine flies smartly off the water, and once airborne it’s untouchable. In this area, the days of flying out of small potholes are long gone, so the length of the water run isn’t a major concern. |

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