Ground cooling retrofit for King Air turboprops


A new aftermarket upgrade for Beechcraft King Air 200 and 300 series turboprops has gained FAA STC approval. Textron Aviation says the ground cooling installation enables flood cooling of the cabin before departure.

Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker customers can access factory-direct support, maintenance and modifications from Textron Aviation, through a global network of service and part centres, mobile service units and 24/7 AOG support.

“Textron Aviation continues to push the boundaries of customer service options for aircraft owners,” said Brian Rohloff, senior vice president of customer support. “The addition of the ground cooling system for our Beechcraft King Air 200 and 300 series aircraft demonstrates our commitment to maximising passenger comfort. Aircraft cabins often become heat soaked while waiting on the ground or in the hangar prior to departure and we are proud to offer a solution to this by enabling operators to easily cool their aircraft without anyone needing to be on board.”

The ground cooling system enables King Air operators to cool the cabin before crew and passengers board, by plugging in a ground power unit (GPU), eliminating the need to power air-conditioning systems via the aircraft’s engine.

The system, available exclusively for installation at Textron Aviation, is now available for all King Air 200 and 300 series aircraft.

Textron Aviation offers factory-direct service and support throughout the entire ownership experience. Through a global network staffed with nearly 3,000 employees, customers have direct access to a team of expert service representatives offering maintenance, inspections, parts, repairs, avionic upgrades, equipment installations, refurbishments and other specialised services.

Textron Aviation manages a fleet of nearly 70 mobile service units stationed across the world that can be mobilised to respond to maintenance events, and a team of AOG specialists providing prioritised service and support during unscheduled maintenance events.

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