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The selected answer to this question refers to the applicability of part 23 to aircraft of nine passengers or less. Other countries certified the 208B with as many as fourteen passenger seats, using a waiver to allow the extra seats while relying on the FAA nine seat single engine certification base. The FAA normally required aircraft with ten to nineteen seats to be multi-engine.

The part 23 rewrite allows certification using ASTM standards, which provides for "level 4" occupancy of up to nineteen seats, and has a propulsion matrix with space for level 4 single engine aircraft. If the 208B were certified using the ASTM standards, would it still require a waiver to operate with more than nine passengers outside the US? Would it now be legal to operate this way inside the US under part 135?

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  • $\begingroup$ I believe this is done under a supplemental type certificate. And im pretty certain that the 14 passenger configuration is only applicable for skydiving operations. (Where temporary "passengers" sit along the sides, either on a bench seat or on the floor) If you ride in a Caravan you will quickly realize that there just isn't space for 14 conventional passenger seats. If I was more confident I would make this an answer... $\endgroup$ – Michael Hall Apr 7 at 19:02
  • $\begingroup$ @MichaelHall This is the Grand Caravan which is bigger than the 208A model, but still I agree it is tight. The Cessna website shows the layout, four rows of 2+1 behind two crew seats. $\endgroup$ – Pilothead Apr 7 at 20:20
  • $\begingroup$ yeah, I kinda used "Caravan" in the family context, to include both models. (Which I have flown) I actually did not know it entailed 2+1 rows, dang that must be tight! And that's why I commented instead of answering... Thanks for straightening me out. $\endgroup$ – Michael Hall Apr 7 at 20:51

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