The aircraft was designed to fill a market niche perceived by the manufacturer between the Cessna 206 and Cessna 208 models, with seating for four and up to fourteen passengers respectively. It is used in various roles, including passenger services; freight; sightseeing; parachuting; observation and search and rescue.
The GA8 is popular with air charter companies, skydiving operators and small feeder air carriers.
|Engine||Textron Lycoming IO-540-K1A5|
|Max cruising speed||130 kts|
|Cruise Speed 75% power||120 kts|
|Range @ 75% power||730 nm’s|
|Service ceiling||20 000 ft|
|Rate of Climb||788 ft/min @ Sea Level|
|Useful load||1826 lbs|