Textron Aviation’s Beechcraft King Air 360/360ER and King Air 260 twin turboprops have been awarded EASA type certification. The move paves the way for customer deliveries throughout the region.
“EASA certification begins a whole new era for the Beechcraft King Air in Europe,” said Tom Perry, vice president of sales for Europe, Middle East and Africa. “The King Air has been the turboprop of choice throughout this region for more than five decades, and the new 260 and 360 will build on that legendary reputation. We have incorporated innovative and next-generation technologies that enhance the flying experience for an already proven aircraft.”
King Air turboprops have been a popular choice across Europe with more than 460 aircraft throughout the region. Nearly half of all King Airs in Europe are owned and operated in France, Germany and the UK.
A typical King Air 360 flight with four passengers and a single pilot has a maximum range of 3,345km (1,806 nautical miles). The King Air 260 has a maximum range of 3,185km (1,720 nautical miles).
Technological advancements in the King Air 360/360ER include the IS&S ThrustSense Autothrottle, a digital pressurisation controller and a lower cabin altitude at the aircraft’s certified ceiling of 35,000ft. The King Air 360 cabin has a new look with craftsman-built cabinetry, partitions and sideledges, and a selection of six interior schemes. Other standard amenities on the King Air 360 include pull-out work tables, power outlets, USB charging stations and a private aft lavatory.
The King Air 260 is also equipped with the IS&S ThrustSense Autothrottle system, as well as digital cabin pressurisation. The aircraft now also features the Collins Multi-Scan RTA-4112 weather radar.
The new King Air turboprops were introduced in 2020, with the King Air 360/360ER achieving US FAA certification in October 2020 and the King Air 260 in March 2021.