Cessna Caravan Gets Pants
Whind LLC, a provider composed of former Cessna employees with extensive technical, marketing and operational backgrounds dedicated to improving products from Textron Aviation, introduces wheel pants for the Cessna Caravan series, a simple, efficient performance enhancement.
Flight testing has shown a cruise-speed improvement of up to seven knots, depending on initial configuration. Full STC approval is underway, with completion and first delivery expected in 4Q 2021.
Like the Caravan itself, the wheel pants are durable and low-maintenance. The modular design creates easy access and interchangeable, standardized parts. The wheel pant also functions like the popular mud flaps on 208s, without the added drag. The fairings are easy to install with no jacking required. Computational fluid dynamics optimization, 3D printing, and advanced CNC machining and fabrication create an ideal shape for drag reduction.
Randy Whitson, CEO of Whind LLC, says, “You won’t find a 'no step' placard on these wheel pants.”
With many companies targeting net-zero carbon emissions by 2040, wheel pants are an obvious and attractive commitment to efficiency.
The question has been asked as long as the Caravan has been around, “Why don’t they put wheel pants on Caravans?” Now there is a practical solution to the installation of fairings, providing an improvement in speed and appearance, lowering operating costs, and reducing emissions by almost 4%.
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