European Facility For Airborne Research

European Facility For Airborne Research June 4, 2020, 09:06

Aircraft: C 208 - DLR

C 208 - DLR
Aircraft acronym C 208 - DLR Registration number D-FDLR
Operator Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR) Transnational Access status Open to TA
Manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company, C-208 B Grand Caravan Engine category Turbo propeller
Aircraft type Research Categories Land/Sea surface properties, Troposphere


  • Length: 12.6 m
  • Height: 4.6 m
  • Wingspan: 16.0 m
Airplane dimensions 12.6 m 4.6 m 16.0 m

Flying performances

Min speed 50 m/s
Max speed 85 m/s
Usual speed during measurements 0 m/s
Usual speed during transit flights 75 m/s
Ascent rate 3 m/s
Min altitude
  • Above sea: 200 ft
  • Above ground: 500 ft
Max ceiling 20 000 ft
Usual ceiling during measurements 15 000 ft
Ceiling limitations


Empty weight 2 545 kg
Max take-off weight 3 977 kg
Max payload 1 200 kg
Max scientific payload n/c
Usual scientific payload during measurements 483 kg
Scientific payload for max endurance n/c

Max endurance at min scientific payload and max fuel 5 h (Y-coordinate of 1st point)
Endurance at max scientific payload n/c

Max range 1 026 km (at min scientific payload and max fuel)
Conditions for max range

At FL180, 2224 lbs fuel, 45 min reserve

Range at max scientific payload None km
Usual range during measurement flight 0 km

Weather conditions limitations

VFR, IFR. Max. alt. in icing conditions : 20000 ft (when equipped with appropriate options)

Take-off runway length 740 m

1 x Pratt&Whitney PT6A 114A


2 NAV / COM / Glideslope Transceivers, 1 HSI, 1 NAV Indicator, 1 RMI, 1 Intercom System with cabin speakers, 5 cabin stations and Marker Beacon, 1 DME with indicator, 2 Transponder with encoding Altimeter,1 Autopilot, 1 Yaw Damper, 1 Altitude preselect with vertical speed, 1 colour weather radar, 1 IFR approach capable GPS approved for IFR flight under TSO C-129, Class A1, which allows IFR navigation for en route, terminal, and non-precision approach. Choice of Atlantic, Pacific or America���?�s database.
Additional high resolution NAV system :
computer controlled navigation system (CCNS4) and AEROcontrol for aerial survey flight missions (manufactured by IGI, Germany)
5-inch control and display unit for both pilot and sensor operator
Single crew operation for sensor missions is possible
WWMP software enables the user to make flight plans based on topographic maps of target country.
DGPS data are available via the Fugro OmniSTAR SYSTEM

Crew and scientists on board

Crew (pilots + operators)

VFR 2 pilots ; IFR 2 pilots + 1 Mechanic

Seats available for scientists

1 - 8


Length 6.40 m
Width 1.57 m
Height 1.30 m

cargo door: W1.23 m x H1.23 m
main door: W0.55 m x H1.24 m

Cabin pressurized


More information


Aircraft modifications

Nose boom





2 openings at the the bottom of fuselage are provided to install cameras, scanners and other instruments (H0.68 m x W0.63 m) ; 2 openings (D0.15 m each) at the bottom fuselage ; 2 openings at the cabin-top opposite the large camera-ports for installation of antennae or other light sensors.

Hard points

1 hard point below each wing (max 120 kg)



Additionnal systems


Acquisition systems

Storage medium : 2 card bus hard discs (512 MB)
ARINC 429 and RS232/RS485

Electrical power

Aircraft total electrical power (kW)

DC 28 V max 200 A (VFR) 100 A (IFR)
AC 220 V/50 Hz ; 115 V/400 Hz

Electrical power (kW) and voltages (V) available for scientists

28 V max 200 A (VFR) / 100 A (IFR)Conversion to 220 V/50 Hz ; 115 V/400 Hz available on request. 4 sockets fused with 50 amps and 4 sockets fused with 20 amps (28VDC).

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