Continuing our focus on some of the operators and aircraft based at Shute Harbour / Whitsunday Airport, this post takes a quick look at GSL Aviation Cessna 208B Grand Caravan VH-TIY.
Manufactured in 1997, VH-TIY is one of two Cessna 208 Caravan's (among other aircraft such as GippsAero GA-8 Airvan's) operated by GSL Aviation from Cairns and Shute Harbour / Whitsunday Airport to provide a range of charter, scenic and transfer flights to anywhere along the Cape York Peninsula and Gulf of Carpentaria, aswell as parts of the Great Barrier Reef and The Whitsundays including Hamilton Island.
Of interest, the Cessna 208 Caravan is a single Pratt & Whitney PT6A-114 turboprop powered, fixed-gear, short-haul regional airliner / utility aircraft that has the capacity to seat upto 14 passengers although GSL Aviation have configured their Caravan's to accommodate less passengers to ensure a greater level of comfort.
While not necessarily specific to the aircraft operated by GSL Aviation, the Cessna 208 Caravan is capable of achieving a maximum cruising speed of 186 knots / 345 km/h, an approximate range of 1070nm / 1982km when maximum fuel and reserves are carried onboard, and a service ceiling of 25000ft / 7620m.
If by chance you missed our recent article about GSL Aviation, click onto the following link : http://airqueensland.blogspot.com.au/2016/07/gsl-aviation-whitsunday-airport.html