Beechcraft Corporation announced at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention & Exhibition that beginning in the fourth quarter of 2014, the latest model of the King Air C90GTx will offer new standard features that deliver shorter takeoff and landing distances and better handling characteristics.
“This is the latest in a long series of continuous enhancements we have introduced to the King Air 90 series. The new Beechcraft King Air C90GTx looks stunning on the ramp and performs like no other,” said Christi Tannahill, senior vice president, Turboprop Aircraft. “The most significant of the changes is shortening the takeoff distance by nearly 600 feet, opening up more airports and getting our owners closer to their final destination.”
The new King Air C90GTx features the Hartzell swept blade turbofan propeller with a 30° blade sweep and 96-inch diameter (6-inch increase over existing). The propeller provides more takeoff and climb thrust with less noise in the cockpit, according to company officials
The aircraft’s takeoff distance was reduced by 23%, from 2,575 feet to 1,984 feet. While slower approach speeds provide 10% shorter landing distances over a 50 foot obstacle from 2,400 feet to 2,160 feet, company officials add.
In addition to the new propeller, dual aft body strakes have been added to improve directional stability at low speeds, passenger ride quality and aircraft handling characteristics.
Other improvements include a new high-speed nose gear tire and updates to the Collins Pro Line 21 flight displays. Flight testing and certification was conducted under a joint program by Raisbeck Engineering and Beechcraft.
This year, Beechcraft celebrates the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the King Air series. Since 1964, Beechcraft has delivered nearly 7,200 King Airs with the worldwide fleet having surpassed 60 million flight hours.