Cess­na 208 B Grand Car­a­van (D-FDLR)

Cessna 208 B Grand Caravan (D-FDLR)
Cess­na 208 B Grand Car­a­van (D-FDLR)
Image 1/3, Credit: DLR (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Cessna 208 B Grand Caravan (D-FDLR)

The Cess­na 208 B Grand Car­a­van is the small­est air­craft op­er­at­ed by DLR's Re­search Flight De­part­ment in Oberp­faf­fen­hofen.
Flying lecture theatre
Fly­ing lec­ture the­atre
Image 2/3, Credit: DLR (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Flying lecture theatre

Test flight plat­form for stu­dents with un­der­wing 'Me­teo-Pod' and six work­sta­tions for stu­dents in the cab­in.
Cessna 208 B Grand Caravan
Cess­na 208 B Grand Car­a­van
Image 3/3, Credit: DLR (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Cessna 208 B Grand Caravan

The air­craft is equipped for flight in ac­cor­dance with vi­su­al flight rules (VFR) and in­stru­ment flight rules (IFR); it is suit­able for low-speed flight and has a spe­cial­ly mod­i­fied ex­haust sys­tem to elim­i­nate in­ter­fer­ence with mea­sure­ments per­formed in or close to the cab­in.

The Cessna 208 B Grand Caravan (D-FDLR), operated by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) Flight Experiments facility in Oberpfaffenhofen, serves as a carrier system for flight tests and experiments. The aircraft is used by various DLR institutes and numerous external customers.

Flying lecture theatre

The single-engine turbo-prop plane is the smallest aircraft belonging to the DLR Research Flight Department. Due to its various modifications, including the installation of sensors and observation/measurement equipment, as well as its simple and robust design, the Cessna 208 B is a highly efficient and cost-effective research platform.

The large, non-pressurised cabin with its rectangular cross-section is particularly suited to in situ atmospheric research and remote sensing applications. For this purpose, it has various fuselage openings (including downward-pointing camera ports), as well as options for additional air intakes, an external hardpoint on the port wing and instrument installations.

Computers for performing experiments can be accommodated in specially manufactured racks in the aircraft fuselage, while the onboard electrical system supplies the necessary power. A variety of flight data is recorded in-flight by a measurement system and is immediately available for experimental purposes.

The aircraft is equipped for flight in accordance with visual flight rules (VFR) and instrument flight rules (IFR); it is suitable for low-speed flight and has a specially modified exhaust system in order to eliminate interference with measurements performed in or close to the cabin.

Additionally, at seminar events in what is referred to as a 'flying lecture theatre', an additional system can be installed to allow the Cessna 208 B to be used as a controlled test flight platform for students (including aeronautical engineers, meteorologists and aviation weather advisors).

Contact
  • Volker Speelmann
    Head of Re­search In­fras­truc­tures
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    Telephone: +49 2203 601-4103
    Fax: +49 2203 601 4115
    Linder Höhe
    51147 Cologne
    Contact
  • Burkhard Wigger
    Head of De­part­ment
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    Flight Ex­per­i­ments
    Man­age­ment
    Telephone: +49 531 295 2930
    Lilienthalplatz 7
    38108 Braunschweig
    Contact
  • Ingmar Mayerbuch
    Head of Flight Fa­cil­i­ty Oberp­faf­fen­hofen
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    Flight Ex­per­i­ments
    Telephone: +49 8153 28-2962
    Fax: +49 8153 28-1347
    Münchener Straße 20
    82234 Weßling

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