Wednesday, September 10, 2008

BEECHCRAFT KING AIR 200/300/350


1973–Present




Beech Super King Air

Beech Super King Air 350
STANDARD DATA: (A200) Seats: 6-13; Gross weight: 12,500 lbs.; Empty weight: 7,437 lbs.; Fuel capacity: 544 gals.; Engine: two 850 shp Pratt & Whitney reverse-flow free turbines.
PERFORMANCE:
Top speed: 333 mph; Cruise speed: 328 mph; Stall: 86 mph; Initial climb rate: 2,450 fpm; Ceiling: 33,880+ ft.; Range: 2,185 nm; Takeoff distance, 50 ft.: 2,579 ft.; Landing distance, 50 ft.: 2,074 ft.

STANDARD DATA: (King Air B200) Seats: 8; Gross weight: 12,500 lbs.; Empty weight: 8,283 lbs.; Fuel capacity: 544 gals.; Engines: two 850 shp Pratt & Whitney PT6A-42.
PERFORMANCE: Top cruise: 292 kts.; Initial climb rate: 2,460 fpm; Ceiling: 35,000 ft.; Range: 1,818 nm; Takeoff distance: 2,579 ft.; Landing distance: 2,845 ft.

STANDARD DATA: (King Air 350) Seats: 8-12; Gross weight: 15,100 lbs.; Empty weight: 9,326 lbs.; Fuel capacity: 539 gals.; Engines: two 1,050 shp Pratt & Whitney PT6A-60A.
PERFORMANCE: Top cruise: 359 kts.; Initial climb rate: 2,731 fpm; Ceiling: 35,000 ft.; Range: 1,725 nm; Takeoff distance: 3,300 ft.; Landing distance: 2,692 ft.

The King Air 200 was a big step up from the 100-series, with bigger engines, a bigger wing, more fuel capacity and more useful load. The B200 came along in 1980 with even more efficient Pratt & Whitney PT6A42 engines and another increase in load. In 1995, Raytheon rolled out its 1,500th King Air 200, complete with an EFIS avionics panel.

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. With executive seating for 8-12 in many specified and custom arrangements, the King Air 350 can accommodate most business travel applications. The biggest of the King Airs continues to evolve with modern avionics, and in 2004—the King Air’s 40th anniversary— Raytheon added two 16-cubic-foot wing lockers in the aft portion of the engine nacelles to increase loading flexibilities. Since 1964, King Airs have flown more than 10 billion miles, the equivalent of 143 round trips to Mars.



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