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By December 23rd
Caravan: Cessna's Swiss Army Knife with Wings
Known for being one of the most versatile and robust aircraft ever produced, the Cessna Caravan has become the DC-3 workhorse of our current times – as Cessna nicknames it, a "Swiss Army Knife with wings"! This pilot favorite does it all, on land or sea: bush flying, geophysical exploration and mapping, patrol, air ambulance, military, sightseeing, corporate, commuter airline, skydiving, cargo, missionary and humanitarian flying, and much more. The Caravan’s almost legendary reputation of safety and reliability remains a comforting constant for those whom affectionately refer to the aircraft as a "flying SUV," "Suburban with a turbine," and "aerial truck."
From its coverage of the Caravan’s colorful history to its innovative-yet-conventional aircraft systems, to interesting pilot stories, tips, and beautiful photography throughout, Lewis and Cook's book is both entertaining and enlightening--Caravan edutainment at its best! The chapters parallel flight phases on a typical mission, and are chock-full of experience, insights and trivia from preflight to postflight – a truly amazing story for all pilots interested in this legendary powerhouse.
Two sections of color photography are included, and multiple appendices with further information on specifications and industry contacts for Caravan owners, as well as extensive footnotes and bibliography.
Authors: J.D. Lewis and LeRoy Cook
What people are saying:
Got Caravan? If not, you probably will want one--or at least want to fly
one--after reading Lewis & Cook’s new book, "Caravan: Cessna's Swiss Army Knife
With Wings." Lewis & Cook have written the definitive text on Cessna's
sky-workhorse and winged-playhouse, the Caravan. Dig into these chapters and
you'll learn more about this wonderful airplane than you ever thought possible.
Lewis & Cook do an excellent job of explaining not only the mechanics of the
machine but also how to fly it, and fly it right! With an engaging style of
writing, you'll enjoy their practical insights born from many hours piloting the
Caravan and those always-interesting anecdotes that make books like this one a
must-read for anyone interested in this popular airplane.
Of the hundreds of airplanes I’ve flown over the decades, few have been as
memorable as the mighty Cessna Caravan--especially the amphibious variant.
Whether settling into remote Gardiners Bay in Long Island Sound or plunking down
on the East River in the shadow of Manhattan skyscrapers, the airplane seems at
home anywhere. In this new book, Lewis and Cook give we Caravan enthusiasts all
the info we’ve been longing for. Learn why you think "de Havilland" when you see
the big turboprop and how FedEx moved the airplane from a curiosity to a
mainstay in just a few years. We’ve all known LeRoy Cook and his prolific
writing for years. Now he partners with Caravan expert J.D. Lewis to present a
thorough yet highly readable tale of this influential airplane. Lewis may be new
to you, but I’ve been fortunate enough to know him for years when he first
approached me about aviation writing. This comprehensive book showcases his
The Cessna 208 has been a unique and valuable component of the FedEx Express
system for many years. No other aircraft could have done the job as well.
A fantastic book about a fantastic aeroplane!
As a movie stunt pilot who had to takeoff and land a 208 on just 400 feet of
dirt up in the mountains north of L.A. for a new Will Ferrell movie, I first
read CARAVAN cover to cover...and then read it again. Thanks, Lewis & Cook!
The best investment any Caravan enthusiast can make!
As a Caravan pilot myself, I would highly recommend this book as a "must
read" for all current and future Caravan pilots. It is a valuable resource of
knowledge on what can be considered one of the most rugged, reliable and
versatile aircraft to ever be produced.
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