Beechcraft Corporation was officially recognized by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) for a speed record set by its Beechcraft King Air 350ER. NAA President Jonathan Gaffney awarded the company with the official certificate at the 2013 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition.
The King Air 350ER demonstrator aircraft set the record for "Speed Over a Recognized Course" during an Oct. 28, 2012, flight at 331.08 miles per hour for a 1,863.97-nautical mile route from San Diego, Calif., to Orlando, Fla. It is a new world record, sanctioned by both the NAA and the Federation Aeronautique International (FAI) in Switzerland.
"This recognition signifies not only the speed of this aircraft, it also solidifies the high performance reputation and the multitude of capabilities of the King Air 350ER as we continue our growth in the worldwide special mission market," said Dan Keady, senior vice president, Special Missions. "Through three quarters of this year, Beechcraft special mission bookings have more than doubled the number of special mission aircraft ordered for the entirety of 2012."
A King Air 350ER demonstrator is on static display at NBAA this week. It is a standard extended-range airplane, which is capable of more than 12 hours endurance or more than 2,500 nautical mile range. The demonstrator has been fitted with a surveillance mission console, high density seating for military transport missions, and two medical sleds and a medical storage cabinet for air ambulance missions. All of these installations are certified by the Federal Aviation Administration and European Aviation Safety Agency, and available for immediate delivery on new aircraft from the factory or as a custom fit after delivery.
Beechcraft designs, builds and supports versatile and globally renowned aircraft, including the King Air turboprops, piston-engine Baron and Bonanza, and the T-6 trainer and AT-6 light attack military aircraft. Its 5,400 highly skilled employees are focused on continuously improving the company's products and services which are sold to individuals, businesses and governments worldwide. In business since 1932, Beechcraft has built more than 54,000 aircraft and more than 36,000 continue flying today. It leads the industry with a global network of more than 90 factory-owned and authorized service centers. The company's headquarters and major manufacturing facilities are located in Wichita, Kan. For more information, visit beechcraft.com.