Beechcraft Corporation has said that it is now offering Pratt and Whitney Canada PT6A-67A engines for improved performance on its King Air 350HW and King Air 350ER turboprops. During the announcement, made at the Middle East and North African Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) conference in Dubai, the company also stated that it is offering an increased gross weight option for the planes, increasing the maximum take-off weight to 17,500 lbs (8,000 kg). Both enhancements are FAA and EASA certified says Beechcraft, and will be offered as factory options for new aircraft or as aftermarket modifications.
“The King Air 350 platform is renowned as a worldwide mission enabler and these optional enhancements will offer customers added performance and payload for special mission operations,” said Bob Gibbs, vice-president of special mission aircraft. “We have successfully modified a fleet of NATO air force-operated King Air 350ER aircraft with these upgrades, and we are excited to offer these options to provide more value to our special mission customers.”
The Pratt and Whitney Canada PT6A-67A will provide ‘superior field and climb performance’ added Beechcraft, and the increased gross weight option provides operators greater flexibility between payload and fuel.