Hoyle, Craig. Quite simply the highest performing King Air on the planet with a 60% increased climb rate and cruise speeds in excess of 332 knots. It was intended to be replaced by the unusually designed Beechcraft Starship but only 53 were produced, ending in 1995, while the King Air continues to sell. As of June 2014, only one has been written off. The model has an improved autothrottle, a Multi-Scan weather radar, a range of 1,720 nmi (3,190 km) and a top cruise speed of 310 kn (570 km/h) with up to nine passengers. There are no engine conversion programs for the 350 as with the 90 and 200 series aircraft. With the same cross-section as a King Air B200, the C90A is simply shorter. FL-382). Of those, 385 are U.S. registered. The cabin measures 19.2 feet long by 4.5 feet wide by 4.8 feet tall giving it a total cabin volume of 414.7 cubic feet making it comfortable for up to 8 passengers. Its happened to them in the past. It cruises at 292 kn (541 km/h) TAS at FL350 while burning 503 lb (228 kg) per h, and can reach 312 kn (578 km/h) TAS at FL240. If on the other hand the majority of your sectors are in excess of 150 – 200 nautical miles, then opt for a jet. The most prominent are the Blackhawk engine conversion, the Raisbeck performance modifications, and the various Garmin avionics upgrades. Changes include an increase of MTOW to 16,500 lb (7,430 kg), provision for surveillance equipment in a belly pod, the landing gear of the Beechcraft 1900 to handle the increased weight and provide ground clearance for the belly pod, and extra fuel capacity in the engine nacelles to increase range[40] (because of the B300s winglets, it was unfeasible to fit wingtip fuel tanks as found on the 200T and B200T). The Army also operates the RC-12 Guardrail series of aircraft for military intelligence missions. As of June 2014, 218 are still in service. [24][25] The two B200Cs were the first examples delivered in about three years (the most recent B200Cs prior to this were two delivered in early 2006 for use as air ambulances in Scotland). The Beechcraft Super King Air family is part of a line of twin-turboprop aircraft produced by Beechcraft. Two options became standard with the C90GTx. As with the stock King Air 200, the maximum gross takeoff weight (MGTOW) is 12,500 pounds, which allows the aircraft to be flown single pilot. Single pilot ops is still prohibitively expensive, insurance-wise. Of those in service, 75 are U.S. registered. King Air C90GTx King Air 250 King Air 350i King Air 350ER Długość 10,82 m 13,36 m 14,22 m 14,22 m Wysokość 4,34 m 4,52 m 4,37 m 4,37 m Rozpiętość 16,36 m 17,65 m 17,65 m 17,65 m Maksymalna masa startowa MTOW: 5756 kg 5670 kg 6804 kg 7484 kg Liczba miejsc 8 10 11 9 Silniki 2 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-135A Simi-lar to the King Air 200 operators, 300-series operators praise the aircraft for their handling ease and dispatch reliability. The cabin pressurization in the 200 is 6.0 PSI. The primary change from the 200 to the B200 was the introduction of the PT6A-42 engine. Of those aircraft outside the USA, many are operated by government entities and, for all practical purposes, will never be available for resale. [21], This updated and improved version was the Model B200, which entered production in 1981. The King Air 200 has a maximum range (not including headwinds, high altitude, hot temperatures, or higher capacity) of 1580 miles and a maximum speed of 310 mph. The aircraft was otherwise identical to a King Air C90B. The King Air B200 was equipped with PT6A-42 engines rated at 850 shp, as well as increased maximum pressurization to 6.5 psi. There are also more King Air varieties to choose from. Since its inception, the King Air 350 has been equipped with standard Collins Proline digital avionics, APS-65 autopilot, and three tube EFIS-85. A well maintained King Air 200 with Blackhawk PT6A-52 engines and a Garmin 1000 panel is nearly as fast as a King Air 300 and the upgraded avionics have breathed new life into old airframes. Especially so for those engines that are still 3000 hour TBO and which have the older 8000 cycle power turbine discs. Four options became standard in 1992 and the aircraft was rechristened the C90B. The model 350i, built in 2010, is a derivation of the model 350 featuring a "FlexCabin" configuration that can be swapped easily for a variety of missions. We Fly: Beechcraft King Air 250. Aircraft of comparable role, configuration, and era, This article is about the Model 200 and 300 Series. [73] Other modifications available are to convert standard 200 Series King Airs to configurations equivalent to the Model 1300 or Model 200C and B200C King Airs; and to modify B300s (typically delivered with an eight-seat corporate interior) to allow more passengers and baggage to be carried. Beechcraft’s King Air B200, first delivered in 1981, is a single-pilot certified turboprop that succeeded the original King Air 200. In roughly chronological order, the 200 and 300 Series King Air variants and production numbers are: The most widespread turboprop business aircraft in the world, over 7,300 King Airs and Super King Airs have been delivered by May 2018, surpassing 60 million flight hours in commercial, military and special mission roles. The King Air C90GT was introduced in 2006 as a direct response to the success of the Blackhawk engine conversion. King Air 200 – Production Years 1974 to 1981. The King Air 350ER is the primary variant of the 350 line. [33], Direct operating costs are around $1,300-1,500 per hour, including a 900 lb (410 kg) average fuel flow per h. Apart from the T-tail, other changes included Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-41 engines rated at 850 shp (63… Quite simply the highest performing King Air on the planet with a 60% increased climb rate and cruise speeds in excess of 332 knots. ", "Beechcraft King Air 250 Gets a Lot More Muscle", "Canadian historic civil aircraft register. Of those in service, 44 are U.S. registered. ... International Aircraft Marketing presents this privately owned and operated King Air 350i. It continued to fly across Australia for five hours before crashing near Burketown in northwestern Queensland, killing all eight on board. Most new and old 200’s charter for the same rate. Learn More. The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force operates nine B300s, designated LR-2, in the reconnaissance and communications roles. Fuel controller problems. This does limit the aircraft to longer runways…especially so for operators operating from higher altitude airports and warmer climates. Most C90GTi’s that come up for sale have relatively low airframe and engine times as would be expected given their age. On June 30, nine days after the Hawaii crash, a King Air 350 collided with a hangar and terrain after takeoff from Addison Airport in Texas. The SUPER prefix was dropped in 1996 for all Super King Air models (200/300/350). [71] These were given the designation CT-145 under the CF's identification system and were used as multi-engine trainers, replacing Douglas C-47s. Many … Hydraulic landing gear became standard on the B200 starting in 1985. Go two engines or pass on the deal. King Air 350 – Production Years 1990 to 2013. King Air 200. The King Air 350i is offered at a much higher price $6.5m ($1.8m more than the PC-12 NG), with nearly the same range and cabin volume. This is not available on the B200 as it is already powered by the PT6A-42 engine. [90] They are operated in more than 94 countries. We Fly: Beechcraft King Air 250. The factory produced 118 King Air B200GT’s, of which 116 are still in service as of June 2014. ", "RAF to receive sixth Shadow surveillance aircraft", "Canada – King Air 350ER ISR Aircraft (Manned Airborne, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (MAISR) Platform) | The Official Home of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency", "US approves sale of King Air 350ER aircraft to Canada - Pentagon", "King Air 360 Earns FAA Type Certificate", "Textron Aviation introduces the King Air 260 to its renowned turboprop lineup", "A list of STCs available for King Air series aircraft. New Paint in 2019, Garmin ADS-B In / Out, 4 Blade Hartzell Props, Part 135 Current. As of June 2014, all but one are still in service. Beginning in 1983, the switch to Collins Proline Digital took place. The aircraft has a maximum operating altitude of 35,000', a normal cruise speed of 282 KTS/325 MPH, and a 897 NM/1,033 SM seats-full range. Gravel strip operations pose another problem. Many aircraft were also equipped with the Collins EFIS-84 two tube system. It had essentially the same fuselage as the Model 100, with changes to the rear fuselage to accommodate a new T-tail and structural changes to allow higher maximum pressurization. [11] Hawker Beechcraft has elected to use new constructor's number prefixes for the B200GT and B200CGT; B200GTs are being built with the prefix "BY" and B200CGTs with the prefix "BZ". The Model 200 and Model 300 series were originally marketed as the "Super King Air" family; the "Super" designation was dropped in 1996. High flotation landing gear was an option on many aircraft that allowed them to be more easily flown into unimproved airstrips. There are many sources available online that allow a prospective purchaser to compare and contrast the performance of the various models of King Air 90, 200 and 350 series aircraft. Maximum cruise speed is on average of 240 KTAS at FL 200. The Beech cabin is also one of the most comfortable in the industry. The aircraft was rechristened as the C90GT with the adoption of the PT6A-135A engine. As far as I can tell with average winds both the King Air 200 and 300 (not 350) will just make the 5 hour leg with a reserve, but any higher than normal head wind (over 50 kts) will require a fuel stop. All of the older panels featured mechanical gables controls for the radios. The BEECHCRAFT King Air 350i, manufactured from 2009 - To Present, requires a 1 person crew and can transport up to 8 passengers. [66], On December 2, 2020, Textron updated the King Air 200 series with the 260, with certification and deliveries expected in early 2021. ", "Pilot report: Long-legged King Air 350ER is a Flexible and Capable Turboprop", Hawker 750 / 800 / 800XP / 850XP / 900XP series, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Beechcraft_Super_King_Air&oldid=995197309, 1970s United States civil utility aircraft, Articles with dead external links from February 2019, Articles with permanently dead external links, Articles lacking reliable references from July 2016, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, A King Air B200 of No. The United States Army has contracted for a number of King Air 300s to be acquired on the second-hand market and modified as ISTAR aircraft for use by Task Force ODIN in operational theaters. Another 2 Iraqi King Air 350ERs have been ordered to date for type training, VIP transport, and light cargo duties. Powered by a pair of Pratt & Whitney PT6A-41 engines producing 850 SHP, the 200 quickly became the workhorse of the turboprop fleet. Hydraulic landing gear also became standard with the C90A. Although the effective end of the production run was in 2011, the factory is still delivering the occasional B200 for special order customers such as the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia. Fortunately, STC’s are available that increase the MGTOW to 10,500 pounds. [67], Numerous aftermarket modifications and upgrades are available for 200 and 300 Series King Airs. So far, the factory has produced 137 C90GTx’s. The 6,000th King Air was delivered on January 24, 2005. [11] The B200C is available for order;[11] in January 2009 two B200Cs were delivered to the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (RFDS). In the example below we’ve assumed we’re buying a second hand King Air 350 for $4,595,000 and that we’ll use it for 300 hours a year. Upgrade your King Air 350 with the Blackhawk XP67A Engine+ Upgrade and experience the best of both worlds: jet-like performance with increased payload and range, all for far less than the cost to operate a jet. The factory has produced 1142 King Air B200’s, of which 1092 are still in service as of June 2014. There’s a compelling case yet to be made for aviation’s best-selling turboprop, which remains atop its throne after all these years. Optimum Performance. All King Air B200’s produced since 2004 now have the Proline 21 panel. ", "Raytheon Aircraft Company Certifies Heavy-Weight Beechcraft King Air 350.". The King Air B200 entered service with the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 2004 as a multi-engine trainer, replacing the Jetstream T1.[32]. ", "Sierra Nevada King Air shows odd mods at static. King Air B00 – Production Years 1981 to Present. A King Air 350ER version of the B300 was presented at the Paris Air Show on June 13th, 2005. Hi, Can anyone tell me, based on experience, which plane would be better to have: a King Air 200 or 300 (not 350)? King Air 200 vs 300. Of course, the cabin is longer, allowing a full club plus two additional seats. The Model 200C found favour with many operators who fitted them out internally as Air Ambulances. The first King Air 350 deliveries occurred in 1990 as the ‘Super’ King Air 350. [23], The B300 model is still in production today (now marketed simply as the "King Air 350", the "Super" being dropped in 1996 as mentioned earlier), while the B300C is available for order; four were built in 2007[36][37] and Hawker Beechcraft announced on November 11, 2007 that it would deliver five to Saudi Arabia in 2008 for use as air ambulances. The Part 91 cross-country flight was planned to depart Addison and fly to St. Petersburg, Florida. The Beechcraft Model 200 King Air is a twin-engined turboprop corporate travel and utility aircraft with retractable landing gear and pressurized cabin produced by the US-American manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corporation, later Hawker Beechcraft Corporation, today Beechcraft a brand of Textron Aviation. One of our fellow simmers, Whamil77 has made available some mods for both of the 90GTX & 350i making their flight characteristics more real world like. If an engine goes quiet in the 200 you still have one left. Get Insurance Operating Costs Apply for Financing. Like about 340 lbs/hr a side versus a 350 typically we set around 300 to 320 lbs/hr per side. King Air C90GTi – Production Years 2008 to 2009. The -52 will true at 300 but burn more than a 350 doing it. The factory has produced 96 King Air 250’s, all of which are still in service as of June 2014. Although the cabin cross-section is the same as the B200, the longer fuselage allows a true double club seating arrangement. The King Air 350i is the first variant of the standard 350. The 200C was built from scratch rather than as a modification of the Model 200. 30 May 2012, 04:21. SMG Aviation deals only in the product lines above. CHART F: King Air 350i vs Pilatus PC-12 NG. Our longest leg will be Tetorboro to Oklahoma City (1157 nm). However, the 350 is by far the most versatile turboprop in production today. For years, the most powerful PT6 version used on King Airs has been the -60A model used on the Super King Air 300/350 series. The pitot cowl was introduced in 1984 starting with serial number LJ-1063. [IMG] [/IMG] Pilatus needs shorter runways. [39], Australia's Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) operates 34 King Air B200/B200C and B300C.[74]. The first prototype King Air 200 was re-engined with Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D turbofans in overwing nacelles. Range and payload of the Pilatus is better. Army. 38 Squadron. [55][56] As of late 2010, 11 such aircraft are registered to the U.S. As with the B200, the Collins EFIS-85 system was so tightly integrated with its flight management system that it’s difficult to integrate newer technology with the EFIS-85 system. King Air 350i – Production Years 2011 to Present. See aircraft comparison here. As with the C90GTi, most of the C90GTx’s that come up for sale have relatively low airframe and engine times. [12] This replaced the earlier electro-mechanical retraction system of gearboxes, driveshafts and chains and sprockets that was a throwback to the Twin Bonanza. [60], By early 2010, Hawker Beechcraft was offering structured programme of upgrades for King Air 350ERISR. [42][43], The cabin sound level is reduced by 4 dB to 78-dB due to better insulation. *With the $2mil savings over the Pilatus you can fly the old King Air free for 20 years (assuming $100k per year ownership cost excluding airframe). ", "King Air 350i: Fill The Seats, Fill The Tanks And Feel The Difference", "UltraQuiet active noise canceling system. These are used for personnel transport. The King Air B200 was equipped with PT6A-42 engines rated at 850 shp, as well as increased maximum … Beechcraft’s top-of-the-line answer to the business propjet market is the King Air 350, an evolution from the Super King Air 300 and the Super King Air 350. The King Air 350 was built until 2009. For the automobile, see, U.S. civil aircraft register online searches, using, intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR), Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM), General Commander of the Turkish Gendarmerie, crashed at Indira Gandhi International Airport, struck the roof of a shopping center building and crashed, List of active United Kingdom military aircraft, "2016 Business Airplanes Purchase Planning Handbook", Hawker Beechcraft aircraft Serial Number Lists 1945 to present, FAA Beech 200 and 300 Series Type Certificate, "Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia 2007/2008 Annual Report. [10][21] The propeller installation changed again in 1992, when Beechcraft started offering the option of having 4-bladed Hartzell or McCauley propellers, or 3-bladed Hartzell propellers; the 3-bladed McCauley propellers were no longer available. Purchase price and associated cost to operate a King Air 200 will be dependent on the year manufactured, total time of the airframe for the King Air 200, avionics upgrades, maintenance schedule and overall condition of the paint and interior of the aircraft. A King Air 350ER version of the B300 was presented at the Paris Air Show on June 13th, 2005. Throughout the 1980’s, a variety of autopilots were in use, although the older Sperry SPZ-200A was phased out in the early 1980’s in favor of the Collins APS-80 and later the APS-65, as well as the Sperry SPZ-4000. The following year the "Super" name was dropped from all marketing and advertising. The King Air 250 is the latest version of the time tested 200 airframe. Ram airflow increased by thirty percent, leading to an increase in cruise speed of over twenty knots. "King Air 350ER at the 2007 Paris Air Show. Paired with two 5-blade natural composite MT Propellers with spinners, the complete upgrade transforms your Super King Air into a real Super Hero. The first two were conversions of standard Model 300s, while the remaining 17 were purpose-built; since they were delivered the FAA has used the fleet to check the extensive network of navaids in the United States. As of June 2014, two have been written off. The Model 200 had essentially the same fuselage as the Model 100, with changes to the rear fuselage to accommodate a new T-tail (in place of the 100's conventional tail with all-moving trimmable horizontal stabilizer) and structural changes to allow higher maximum pressurization. Always US based and maintained At Textron in Indiana. [17] Customers could specify any combination of these modifications when ordering a 200T; all 200Ts were Model 200s modified at the factory and given new constructor's numbers. The first King Air 350 deliveries occurred in 1990 as the ‘Super’ King Air 350. With the incorporation of the BLR Winglets, this was the first time since 1984 that the basic airframe of the C90A changed in an obvious fashion. [28] The B200GT is fitted with a new model of PT6 engine developed specifically for it by Pratt & Whitney Canada; while still rated at 850 shp (630 kW) the new PT6A-52 develops maximum power to an even higher altitude than the −42 it replaces, thus further improving aircraft performance. The King Air 350 and its many variants have been marketed under a number of different names, making the lineage somewhat difficult to follow. King Air Mods. We would be happy to go over this in more depth as needed upon request. We're on the cusp of buying a King Air. [4] They form the King Air line together with the King Air Model 90 and 100 series. Of those still in service, 50 are U.S. registered. Additional changes were an increase of 600 pounds in zero fuel weight and 6.5 PSI cabin pressurization. There are simply too many variations available for us to maintain our expertise on all models of the King Air line. [22], In 2014 Beechcraft announced the availability of an option (available at manufacture and for existing aircraft) to increase the MTOW of the B200GT from 12,500 pounds (5,700 kg) to 13,420 pounds (6,090 kg), marketed as the King Air 250EP (for Extra Payload). The 200 series proved so popular that Beechcraft began work on a successor, with the Beechcraft designation Model 300 and marketed as the "Super King Air 300". In practice, a well maintained aircraft with minimal pressurization leaks will have roughly an 8400 foot cabin altitude at FL 240. The BEECHCRAFT King Air 350i, manufactured from 2009 - To Present, requires a 1 person crew and can transport up to 8 passengers. The cabin pressurization in the C90A through the C90GTX is 5.0 PSI. PC-12 is, well, PC-12. The King Air is single pilot certified. The Beechcraft Model 300 King Air is a twin-engined turboprop corporate travel and utility aircraft with retractable landing gear and pressurized cabin produced by the US-American manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corporation, today Beechcraft a brand of Textron Aviation. Meet the fastest King Air in the world – the Blackhawk XP67A 350. The King Air 200 is operated by all manner of owners, ranging from owner pilots to national governments. Compare the performance of any four jet types below. KING AIR 350's (55) KING AIR 350 (35) KING AIR 350C (2) KING AIR 350ER (1) KING AIR 350I (16) KING AIR 350IER (1) Year. CHART F: King Air 350i vs Pilatus PC-12 NG. Performance During the C90A production run, most of these aircraft had either Collins Proline avionics with an APS-65 autopilot or King Gold Crown avionics with the KFC-250 autopilot. The next King Air 360 turboprop reduces pilot workload with standard features like the IS&S ThrustSense Autothrottle, which delivers precision control for optimized power output, including Overtorque/Overtemp protection for a more efficient takeoff. Beechcraft King Air 350i first flew in 1988 and was made in a civil and military version. [67] The BEECHCRAFT King Air 200, manufactured from 1974 - 1981, requires a 1 person crew and can transport up to 6 passengers. The King Air 350/350ER is a newer aircraft that has been ordered by the US Marines, and the specialized ISR version was subsequently ordered by the USAF and given the designation “RC-12W Liberty.” The 350 family is slightly larger than its King Air 200 counterparts, with a longer cabin and a slightly larger … [4][12][14][15] Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) was increased by 1,000 lb (450 kg). King Air 350/350ER. It outlasted all of its previous competitors; the only other pressurized multi engine turboprop utility aircraft now in production is the Piaggio P.180 Avanti. Of these, only 113 are U.S. registered. Flight times are estimates based on historical FAA flight tracking information. Optimum Performance. The RAAF has also utilized King Air 350 Special Mission as an interim replacement for the DHC-4 Caribou transports of No. King Air 250 – Production Years 2011 to Present. Learn More. Hawker Beechcraft King Air 350 Performance Specs. [41], In October 2008, Beechcraft announced updated versions of the B300 series, the King Air 350i, with improvements to the passenger cabin. Quite a few are operated by government entities with numerous others in use by utility operators for medevac operations and as fire spotter aircraft. These improvements were of substantial expense, so they were usually accomplished either during overhaul or at the hot section inspection. The Canadian Forces (CF) took delivery of two second-hand early-production Model 200 Super King Airs leased from Awood Air in 1990. The Raisbeck Epic Gold kit provides four blade props, ram air recovery system, enhanced performance leading edges, aft body strakes, and nacelle wing lockers. king air b200 $1,120 1600 285 256 1241 7% : $.695 to $3.5: king air b200gt $937 1600 300 256 127 6% : $2.8 to $3.15: king air 300 $874: 1500 300 256 230 8% : $.750 to $1.5: king air 350 $1,120 1580 300 306 Engine overhauls on the PT6A-60A engines are the only available option upon reaching TBO. Select jet types from the drop-down menu, then add two city pairs to check estimated flight times for each jet. Deliveries commenced in December 2009. Always US based and maintained At Textron in … Passenger and baggage amounts can greatly effect the performance of an aircraft since minimum runway lengths, range and speed are all effected by its weight.Typical passenger configuration is the typical number of passengers the jet is configured to accommodate 8 passengers, however each jet will have a custom configuration to accommodate an owners specific needs and will therefore vary. The older autopilots are still maintained but that will likely become harder to find as time passes. [76], By December 2020, nearly 7,600 King Air have been delivered, as the fleet surpassed 62 million flight hours in 56 years.[67]. As a result, the Blackhawk PT6A-61 and PT6A-52 engine conversions have become increasingly popular. Of those, 129 are U.S. registered. There’s a compelling case yet to be made for aviation’s best-selling turboprop, which remains atop its throne after all these years. Get Insurance Operating Costs Apply for Financing.