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Old 21st Mar 2012, 17:02
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Operating costs for C208B and PC-6

I would be very grateful if any of the bush pilots out there with experience in the Cessna 208B and/or the PC-6 Turbo Porter could give me a rough idea of the operating costs and their opinions of these aeroplanes.

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Thanks very much!
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Old 7th Apr 2012, 21:38
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Operating Costs for Cessna 208
PQ Avg.Fuel (GPH): 54.00Fuel Costs/Gallon:2.82Fuel Costs/Hour:158.50Oil Costs per Hour:0.61Maintenance Cost/Hour:95.63Hourly Engine Reserve:33.50Prop T/R Reserve:3.32Total Variable Costs/Hour:292.38Average Speed (MPH):170.44Cost/SM:1.67Annual Insurance:12,798.41Annual Hangar/Tiedown:6,927.24Training:9,565.67Total Fixed Costs:29,291.29Hours/Year:469.65Fixed Cost/Hour:66.13Total Variable & Fixed Costs/Year:169,341.02Total Costs/Hour:358.53Total Cost/SM:2.10
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Well I earn Pesos so that sounds very cheap
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Hi, anyone have up to date info on this, and also more data? PC6 versus C208...

Thanks, Sam.
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https://www.conklindd.com/CDALibrary/ACCostSummary.aspx

The free site only gives you the total cost per hour, no breakdown. Navigate at your leisure.
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Thanks - interesting for a very general/vague overview.

Interesting that it thinks the C208 is more expensive than PC6 - fairly sure that's not right.
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I have flown both and have also heard the Grand Caravan is a fair bit less to operate.

The Porter is a very enjoyable plane to fly although it has issues to consider. Seating and aft CG issues may make the Porter a poor choice, depending on the mission. In the last few years Pilatus added a new section to the AFM for tying down cargo - it severely restricts how much cargo can be carried if loaded and tied down in accordance with the AFM.

The Grand Caravan is great all around, about the only downside is its take off performance and, for soft airstrips, weight and tire pressure. An EX or other big engine STC will get it climbing as fast or faster than the Porter.

I have no first-hand experience with Caravans, but I have been told that compared to a Grand Caravan they handle like sports cars vs pick-up trucks. Their slightly better performance may make them a consideration if a Grand Caravan does not quite have the required performance.

I really enjoyed my time flying Porters, but I would be very hard pressed to recommend operating one over a Grand Caravan commercially unless the Caravan does not have the performance needed. If operated privately by the owner for pleasure, a Porter may be a good choice.
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Thanks SP479 - my concern is also the CG issues, but I've struggled to get an answer on exactly how this impacts things. Do you have personal experience?

Used an AN2 on the last Rally, and we ran out of CG a few hundred kgs before MTOW!
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Not sure how many up your way are available in the configuration you want (I think most in Europe are set up for skydiving ops) but the PAC 750 XL carries a good load off short strips.
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Old 28th Dec 2017, 09:31
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Originally Posted by Sam Rutherford View Post
Hi, anyone have up to date info on this, and also more data? PC6 versus C208...

Thanks, Sam.
Not really comparable the two. While the C208B is a truck, the PC-6 is a smaller STOL aircraft. We did some evaluations a while ago and the C208B came at about 1,000 USD per flight hours, don't remember the exact PC-6 numbers, but was considerable less - and much less real value delivered. The guy we did the calculations for finally went with a Quest Kodiak and is quite happy with it - for me the Kodiak is best of both world, like a smaller STOL Caravan.
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Erm what???
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I Agree that the Caravan is definitely cheaper
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