Welcome to March 2021’s installment of Easycharter’s “Aircraft of the Month”!
This month, we will be shedding light on Textron Aviation’s Beechcraft King Air 260!
In a press release on March 10, Textron Aviation announced that the Beechcraft King Air 260 has achieved Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) type certification, paving the way for customer deliveries to begin in the coming weeks.
The Beechcraft King Air 260 twin turboprop is simply an updated version of the popular King Air 200 series announced back in December 2020. King Air aircraft are famous for impeccable reliability and versatility. Able to fly with ease in harsh weather conditions, King Air aircraft have been employed globally for critical missions like surveillance, maritime patrol, flight inspection, and air ambulance.
To elevate the flying experience for both pilots and passengers, the King Air 260 now features state-of-the-art technological advancements in the cockpit, in addition to enhancements in the cabin.
The King Air 260 is equipped with the latest NextGen-ready Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion flight deck, featuring full touch-screens for simpler in-flight navigation.
To decrease pilot workload from take-off to touchdown, the upgraded cockpit features Innovative Solutions & Support (IS&S) and Thrustsense Autothrottle system.
To further decrease pilot workload, the cockpit also features the Collins Multi-Scan RTA-4112 weather radar, a fully automated system optimized to detect short, mid, and long-range weather, thus presenting an accurate picture of the weather around the aircraft. To enable flight in various weather conditions, the MultiScan weather radar features turbulence detection technology, a de-icing system, and fast windscreen wipers.
In addition, the cockpit features a new digital pressurization controller, which automatically schedules cabin pressurization during climb and descent, thus enhancing overall passenger comfort.
The spacious King Air 260 cabin (5.08 m long, 1.37 m wide with a standup height of 1.45 m) comfortably seats up to nine passengers.
The cabin features a strong air-stair door. To allow easier loading of large cargo, the support cables are easily disconnected without tools.
The cabin features generous storage space (baggage capacity is 249 kg, close to 1.57 m3 in volume). The internal baggage, easily accessible in-flight, is both heated and pressurized.
To provide a more comfortable and relaxing journey for passengers, the King Air 260 cabin features newly designed leather seats, created through a novel pressure-mapping process. To further enhance passenger comfort, the cabin is generously soundproofed. The cabin also features foldout worktables, a built-in refreshment center, electronically dimmable windows, standard power outlets, an aft lavatory, and optional wireless connectivity.
To deliver increased power and reliable performance at low operational cost, the King Air 260 is equipped with two 850-horsepower Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A engines, with an integrated Ram Air Recovery System.
The maximum range of the aircraft is 1’720 nm, equivalent to 3’185 km. The maximum cruising speed is 574 km per hour, and the maximum cruising altitude is 10’668 m.
The aircraft is capable of take-off and landing on short unpaved runways thanks to its rugged landing gear. Advanced lightweight quiet and reversible composite propellers also contribute to excellent runway performance.
The aircraft also has an enhanced payload option that increases its maximum takeoff weight and useful load.