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King Air – 350 Specifications
P&W PT 6A-60A
2 x 1,050 shp ea.
9 – 11 passengers
46 ft. 8 in.
57 ft. 11 in.
The King Air, produced by Beechcraft, has been flying since the mid 1960’s. There are more King Air aircraft than all other twin turboprop aircraft of their type.
Flying the King Air is like piloting a roomy mid-size jet. Should you lose an engine during takeoff, an automated system will feather the prop of the powerless engine and provide proper rudder compensation for the engine with remaining power.
The King Air of today features the latest all glass cockpit displays. Controls are logically laid out and easily accessed. Most systems have dual redundancy. There is an automated fuel distribution system.
While the heavier forces needed to control the King Air reflect the larger size of the aircraft, they are well coordinated, smooth, and responsive. Engine power is sufficient so that a fully loaded aircraft can easily climb at 2,000 fpm. Best economy cruising is at about 28,000 feet and 345 mph. The winglets become more effective at higher altitudes.
The large passenger cabin of the King Air is jet like quiet due to the distance of the motors and propellers from it. A noise reduction system uses sound absorbing materials to prevent the fuselage structure from amplifying engine noise. A low 1,500 rpm propeller rotation at cruise speeds also keeps noise levels and vibrations down.
An improved air conditioning system keeps the crew and passengers comfortable while on the tarmac on the warmest of days. Fourteen large tinted cabin windows give the King Air cabin an airy feel and provide a great outside view. Cabin seats are large and comfortable, with diffused lighting above, individual reading lights, and individual storage chests.
King Air aircraft are used as airliners, by private pilots, as corporate transports, by various police departments, by all branches of the United States armed forces except the Coast Guard, and the military of numerous countries around the world.
The U.S. Navy purchased a total of 64 King Air aircraft in 1979 and added a 4.3 foot x 4.3 foot cargo door, calling it the UC-12b. They fly cargo, passengers, and MEDEVAC missions over land bases.
Oct. 8, 2018: Canada has contracted for three King Air aircraft configured for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance for some US$300 million through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program. The King Air model 350 ISR aircraft has been modified to cruise for over twelve hours and carries electro-optical/infrared sensors, missile approach warning systems, an airborne countermeasures dispenser system, Ku band transceivers and numerous transponder sets.
A total of over 6,650 King Air aircraft of all types have been built to date.
RC King Air
Pictured above is Carl Lynnerup and his terrific 144 in. wingspan scratched built RC King Air. It weighs about 55 lbs. The turboprop engines were built by Carl. They put out about 40 lbs. of thrust each.
Aerodyne’s RC King Air project measures 88 in. wing tip to wing tip, and has a fuselage that is 70 in. in length. Included are working flaps and retracts. Construction is a carbon fibre and fiberglass fuselage with epoxy molded wings. It needs 1600 to 1700 kV motors for power. Weight is around 13 1/2 lbs.