Textron Aviation has introduced its Beechcraft King Air 360/360ER which features the latest technological advancements in the cockpit, a redesigned cabin, and enhancements to passenger comfort.
Production is underway and customer deliveries are slated to start later this year.
“The Beechcraft King Air 360 builds on decades of renowned versatility and reliability in the King Air family, and this upgrade further elevates it with the aircraft’s superior features and engineering advancements designed to create an enhanced flying experience for passengers and crew alike,” said Ron Draper, president and CEO, Textron Aviation. “The aircraft is a result of our extensive conversations with our turboprop customers worldwide as we continually increase innovation and next-generation capability to help them achieve their varied missions with greater comfort, technology and ease.”
The new King Air 360 cockpit features the Innovative Solutions & Support (IS&S) ThrustSense Autothrottle.
The autothrottle supports pilots in their critical mission of delivering people or cargo safely by automatically managing engine power from the takeoff roll through the climb, cruise, descent, go-around and landing phases of flight.
This enhancement reduces pilot workload and supports them in their continuous vigilance to prevent over-speed or under-speed, over-temp and over-torque conditions.
The cockpit also features a new digital pressurisation controller, which automatically schedules cabin pressurisation during both climb and descent, reducing pilot workload and increasing overall passenger comfort.
The pressurisation gauges have been integrated with the powerful Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion flight deck.
The latest King Air offers seating for up to nine passengers and the aircraft now features a cabin altitude of 5,960 feet at a typical cruising altitude of 27,000 feet (more than 10 percent lower when compared to the King Air 350i).
Nearly 7,600 Beechcraft King Air turboprops have been delivered to customers around the world since 1964, making it the best-selling business turboprop family in the world. The worldwide fleet has surpassed 62 million flight hours in its 56 years.
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