The newest version of Textron’s venerable twin turboprop, the Beechcraft King Air 360 and 360ER have received FAA certification. The new models were announced a month ago, with first delivery expected later this month.
“The new era of the industry-leading Beechcraft King Air begins today,” said Textron Aviation senior v-p of engineering and programs Chris Hearne. “The King Air 360 is a perfect combination of customer input, innovative technology, and next-generation capabilities. With certification now in hand, we are thrilled to soon get these aircraft into the hands of our eager customers.”
Key features for the new model include the Innovative Solutions and Support (IS&S) ThrustSense autothrottle that enables pilots to automatically manage engine power through all stages of flight, including takeoff roll, climb, cruise, descent, and go around.
The 360 also has a new digital pressurization controller integrated into the Collins Pro Line Fusion Flight Deck. The system automatically schedules cabin pressurization during climb and descent, and cabin altitude has improved by 10% over the King Air 350i. This provides a 5,960 foot cabin at 27,000 feet.
The cabin of the aircraft has also been improved, with new custom cabinetry, partitions, and side ledges with upgraded materials and finishes.
The King Air 360 has a maximum range of 1,806 nm, a maximum cruise speed of 312 ktas, seating for 11, a useful load of 5,145 lbs, and a takeoff field length of 3,300 ft.