King Air 350 Private Charter Flights and Prices
The Raytheon Aircraft Super King Air 350 features seven large, circular windows on either side of the cabin, double club seating, stowable worktables, and built-in refreshment centers. Additionally, the King Air 350 is equipped with in-flight accessible baggage areas, polarized window shades, and a private lavatory in the aft, with a solid wood door and a flushable toilet.
The average hourly rental rate of the King Air 350 is around 1,800 USD per hour.
|Length||46.65 ft||14.22 m|
|Wing Span||57.91 ft||17.65 m|
|Height||14.34 ft||4.37 m|
|Bag. Capacity||55 ft³||2 m³|
|Length||19.60 ft||5.97 m|
|Width||4.49 ft||1.37 m|
|Height||4.76 ft||1.45 m|
|Area||- ft³||- m³|
|Charter Rate||1,800 USD/hour||1,800 EUR/hour|
|IFR Range||1,805 nm||3,343 km|
|Cruise Speed||313 KTAS||580 km/h|
|Certified Ceiling||35,000 ft||10,668 m|
|Rate of Climb||2,731 ft/m||832 m/m|
|Takeoff Distance||3,300 ft||1,006 m|
|Landing Distance||2,692 ft||821 m|
|Max Takeoff Weight||15,000 lbs||6,804 kg|
|Max Landing Weight||15,000 lbs||6,804 kg|
|Useful Weight||5,100 lbs||2,313 kg|
|Payload with Full Fuel||2,500 lbs||1,134 kg|
More about the King Air 350
After the first Beechcraft 65-90 took flight in January of 1964, the Beechcraft Corporation developed a pressurized model, named the King Air 90. Several design improvements were made and implemented in later models, to include the King Air 100, Super King Air 200, and Super King Air 300. The Beechcraft Corporation introduced the Super King Air 350 at the NBAA Convention in 1989. The Super King Air 350 received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification in February of 1990 under FAR Part 23 as a commuter aircraft weighing greater than 12,500 pounds gross weight.
Production on the King Air 350 started in 1990 and ended in 2007. 500 aircraft have been built so far.
Key Features of the King Air 350
The cabin of the King Air 350 is typically arranged to accommodate eight passengers in a double club arrangement. In a high-density configuration, this private business jet is capable of seating a maximum of eleven passengers. The cabin of the King Air 350 measures 19.5 feet in length, reaches 4.8 feet in height and stretches a maximum of 4.5 feet in width with a floor width of 4.1 feet. This private business jet features 55.3 cubic feet of baggage storage capable of accommodating 550 pounds of luggage. This large, stand-up storage area is accessible in flight for passenger convenience. With a maximum cabin pressure differential of 6.6 psi, the King Air 350 is capable of maintaining a sea level cabin altitude at an altitude of 15,293 feet.
Capabilities of the King Air 350
The King Air 350 comes equipped with two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-60A turboprop engines. Each engine is rated at 1,050 shaft horsepower at takeoff. With these engines, the King Air 350 is capable of climbing to an altitude of 25,000 feet in just 15 minutes. The King Air 350 requires 3,300 feet of runway to take off at sea level on a standard day. At an airport with an elevation of 5,000 feet, this takeoff requirement increases to 5,376 feet of runway. With four passengers, the King Air 350 needs only 2,390 feet of runway to land. This private business jet features a maximum certificated service ceiling of 35,000 feet and a range of 1,556 nautical miles. For a flight to a further destination, the King Air 350 is capable of maintaining an airspeed of 235 knots at an altitude of 33,000 feet in a long-range cruise configuration. For a swifter flight, this private business jet is capable of maintaining an airspeed of 312 knots at an altitude of 24,000 feet in a high-speed cruise.
The avionics system selected for the King Air 350 is a Rockwell Collins avionics package. Included in this package is either a three-tube or five-tube Collins electronic flight information system (EFIS) panel. Other instrumentation found in this avionics system includes a Collins APS-65 autopilot, dual Collins Pro Line II comm, nav, and ident radios with dual glideslopes and distance measuring equipment (DME), a Collins WXR-270 color weather radar, a Collins ADF-60A, and a Collins ALT-50A altimeter.
King Air 350 Receives Bumper Upgrade with XP67A
No matter how high an aircraft is regarded upon its release, the vast majority eventually make way for a new, upgraded model.
Recently, the idea for the Falcon 5X was completely sidelined after a couple of years to make way for the 6X, showing how small the window of opportunity can be for new aircraft. Even the mighty Concorde eventually saw its day in the sun come to a graceful end.
But the King Air 350 is a special breed. It has shown an admirable resilience over the years, failing to fall behind into obscurity like so many competitors. Instead, Beechcraft’s baby frequently updates and adapts to the modern market. The latest example of this is the technical-sounding Blackhawk XP67A upgrade package.
History traced to the 1930s
Before taking a look at the upgrade, it’s important to understand the King Air 350’s capabilities as a standard, unmodified aircraft. Beechcraft use the slogan “One aircraft, many missions”, and this is certainly an apt starting point. Its versatility is what’s kept the aircraft so relevant.
Note that we’re not talking just one generation of aircraft, here. The King Air was born back in the 1930s, just under a different name. And a less glamorous one at that. Model 18 was the first cabin-class twin-engine aircraft aimed at the business sector. By 1958, the regal theme had crept in. Walter Beech, the co-founder of Beech Aircraft Company, introduced the Queen Air. Six decades later, it still bears a significant resemblance to the modern King Air.
The first proper King Air, by name, came in 1964. Within just a few years the company had a major stranglehold on the business twin turboprop market, accounting for 77% of active aircraft.
Fast-forward to 2018 and there are over 7,000 King Airs in action across the world. A typical King 350, unmodified from its base design, can accommodate eight passengers. Safety is paramount to the design, with a built-in feature than ensures – should one engine fail – the propeller is maneuvered to reduce drag.
The aircraft has a range of just over 1,800 nm and can travel at up to 312 knots. It’s capable of reaching 35,000 ft but is famously easy to handle even for some less experienced pilots. Settle down to the 250 knots mark and you’ll only use up around 60 gallons p/h.
From a less technical standpoint, the interiors are both gorgeous and spacious. The standard design incorporates subtle creams and browns which are fitting for a business setting, and the cabin measures 20 ft long, 4’6” wide and 5’ tall. But more importantly, there’s more shoulder room when seated than you’ll find in many similar models.
It’s clear to see why the King Air 350 is a popular aircraft, but part of the secret to its incredible longevity is the ability to upgrade it. Enter the XP67A.
In August, after more than a year of hard work on the design, the XP67A upgrade for the King Air 350 received the approval it needed from the FAA. With it came a host of changes.
New Pratt & Whitney Canada Engines
First of all, the engines. A pair of Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-60As were replaced with PT6A-67As, complete with a five-year warranty and rated to 1,200 shp. Gone are the stock propellers, too. In their place, a pair of MT natural composite propeller assemblies, complete with spinners.
If that wasn’t enough, Blackhawk has added a $50,000 avionics credit to proceedings. This helps offset the cost of the upgrade and is part of their ambition to encourage users to couple the XP67A upgrade with the ADS-B Out. With that being said, the $50,000 credit will also be offered to buyers who have already equipped the ASD-B.
But what does that mean for performance, and actually flying in the upgraded King Air 350?
“Beyond our expectations”
Blackhawk’s February report on the XP67A confirmed that the upgrade was “beyond [their] expectations”, and that both east and west normal cruise speeds were consistently 30–40 knots faster than the standard. That’s some upgrade.
The pilot, in particular, lauded the aircraft’s climb, which was over 1000 ft p/min at all the way. In a test trip from Las Vegas to Colombia, MS the team managed to shave a significant 40 minutes off the trip. Flying faster, climbing quicker and arriving faster all seem like serious selling points.
Despite these improved speeds and arrival times, the fuel consumption in the test trip was approximately the same as the standard King Air 350 model. This is because the upgraded engines allow the aircraft to climb higher and maintain speed whilst reducing fuel burn. For medium and longer flights, this can make quite the difference.
On top of that, the turboprops are much quieter, reducing the noise pollution produced. Alone this may not be of the utmost importance, but in combination with the above factors, it’s plain to see that the XP67A is already looking like a big success.
Jim Allmon, president, and CEO of Blackhawk Modifications was clearly very excited.
“Our tests have shown that the XP67A-powered King Air 350 can fly from sea level to 35,000 feet in just 18 minutes, and has a max cruise speed of up to 340 knots at 28,000 feet,” Mr. Allmon said in a press release. “We’re talking about true jet-like speeds, twice the payload, and far lower operating costs compared to a jet. This is the fastest King Air on the planet, and the performance is just phenomenal.”
The XP67A is just the latest chapter in the long story that is the King Air 350. Based on its history, it would take a brave person to bet against there being many more in the future.
Picture Credits: Blackhawk Aero
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