BLR Aerospace has earned FAA certification for its new Ultimate Performance Package (UPP) for the King Air 200GT twin turboprop aircraft.
The Ultimate Performance Package was developed in partnership with Hawker Beechcraft Corp. and includes the BLR Winglet System, Hartzell’s latest 4-blade composite propeller, and the Raisbeck Ram Air Recovery System. Each individual system has already earned a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) and these have been integrated under BLR’s Ultimate Performance Package STC, which includes an FAA-certified Flight Manual Supplement allowing operators to take full advantage of the combined performance improvements, company officials said. EASA and ANAC certification is pending.
With the package installed, modified King Air 200GTs can take off at sea level over a 50-foot obstacle in 2,100 feet, which is 23% (400 feet) less than a standard aircraft, opening smaller runways previously inaccessible to King Air 200GTs, according to company officials. In addition, the UPP installation reduces fuel burn by nearly 8% in climb; increases maximum mach operating speed up to 36 knots for faster descent; and increases range by over 225 nautical miles at max range power, officials add.
The BLR Winglet System adds lightweight, composite winglets and a small wing span extension, reducing drag and improving low-speed handling. This translates into fuel savings or increased climb and cruise speeds and high altitude stability, as well as lower takeoff and landing speeds that widen safety margins and improve short-field performance.
The Ram Air Recovery System enhances induction, which allows the PT6A-52 engine to maintain more available torque at higher density altitudes.
The Hartzell 4-blade composite propeller, with 93-inch blade diameter, reduces weight and contributes to improved short field and climb performance, while providing the strength and durability expected from modern composites.