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Beechcraft King Air 350ER Sets Speed Record

Article by: www.aero-news.com
Flight Covered 1,681 Nautical Miles At 276.03 MPH

The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) has recognized Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) for a new speed record set by its Beechcraft King Air 350ER. Jonathan Gaffney, President of the NAA, awarded the company with the official certificate at the 2012 NBAA annual convention in Orlando.

HBC’s Multi-Mission Beechcraft King Air 350ER demonstrator aircraft set the record for “Speed Over a Recognized Course” during a Sept. 11 flight at 276.03 miles per hour from Luxor, Egypt to Nairobi, Kenya. It is a new world record, sanctioned by both the NAA and the Federation Aeronautique International (FAI) in Switzerland.

“This speed record, along with the successful world tour of the demonstrator, verifies the high performance, flight characteristics and versatility of the King Air 350ER and our commitment to the worldwide special mission market,” said Dan Keady, senior vice president, Special Missions.

The record setting flight covered 1,681 nautical miles and consumed 3,770 lbs. of fuel, about 73 percent of the total usable fuel capacity of 5,192 lbs. While this record-setting flight was done with the external configuration of a surveillance aircraft (with radome and strakes installed), in a standard King Air 350ER with the slick interior (ready for mission equipment and mission modifications) that same flight would leave 3,510 lbs. of useful load for crew, mission equipment and fuel reserves. This range/payload demonstration is why the aircraft is so popular for special mission applications in the U.S. and around the world.

The demonstrator is on display at NBAA this week and in May of this year made its first appearance at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition after completing a tour that covered 40,000 miles to 14 countries on five continents – all on schedule and without any unscheduled maintenance required.

The Multi-Mission Beechcraft King Air 350ER demonstrator aircraft 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 search radar radome with electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) lift for surveillance missions, 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.

FMI: www.hawkerbeechcraft.com

Garmin's new ESP feature to give pilots a 'sixth sense'


No, not that Sixth Sense

Garmin says a new upgrade for its G1000 and G3000 avionics suites will give pilots a “sixth sense” in the cockpit.

The Electronic Stability and Protection system (ESP) aides a crew by ensuring stability and preventing stalls, spins or spirals if a pilot becomes distracted, disoriented or incapacitated while in flight. The system monitors airspeed, pitch and roll when a pilot hand flies an aircraft, adjusting the aircraft to stable levels whenever it approaches its limits.

 


The Garmin G1000 in a King Air 200.

A statement from Garmin says the option will appear on select aircraft, depending on manufacturers. The King Air 200 will be the first to offer it laster this year at an expected list price of $17,995.

“Until today, this type of stability augmentation system has only been available on fly-by-wire aircraft that cost millions of dollars,” said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s vice president of marketing, in a company statement. “We’re thrilled to be the first to make this safety enhancing technology available to business and general aviation pilots.”

Read the complete release here.

New winglet allows King Air 90s to fly faster, cheaper

 

Many King Air C90s can now fly faster on less fuel.

Hawker Beechcraft Services announced this week at its Wichita headquarters that it has completed testing and certification on a composite winglet for the King Air 90X.

The composite combines the aerodynamic benefits of a winglet with a gross-weight increase that increases handling, range and payload, a press release said.

The 90X package, first unveiled at last year’s EAA Airventure, now is available at all U.S. HBS service centers.

Read the entire release from Beechcraft here.

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