General Aviation Textron Aviation introduces Beechcraft King Air 260
Textron Aviation has announced, that its brand Beechcraft has introduced a new aircraft type, the King Air 260.
Textron Aviation is starting into a new era of its turboprop business jets with the introduction of the Beechcraft King Air 260. The aircraft is the latest aircraft type to join the King Air 200 series and features latest technological advancements.
This latest iteration of the King Air turboprop aircraft series underlines Textron Aviation´s commitment in making its current aircraft even better. The company has already begun assembling the first prototype aircraft with deliveries and certification expected in early next year.
Recently, Textron Aviation celebrated the entry into service of its new Beechcraft King Air 360, which achieved type certificates in October with deliveries already underway.
The King Air 260 is building on the technological advancements of the King Air 360 as well. The new turboprop features latest cockpit and cabin improvements. Overall, the new advancements ultimately lead to a greater ease of flying, better environmental and operational performance.
Ron Draper, president and CEO commented: “These investments reflect our commitment to providing superior upgrades and engineering innovation that create the best flying experience for Beechcraft King Air 260 owners and operators around the world [...] We place an immense value on our conversations with our customers, and the investments we make in our aircraft are a direct result of listening to their input. I’m proud of the impressive effort by our team for taking a legendary aircraft and adding technological advancements that will allow customers to achieve their varied missions.”
Main improvements of the King Air 260 compared to its predecessors are the addition of the Innovative Solutions & Support (IS&S) ThrustSense Autothrottle and new digital pressurization controller.
In the flight deck, a Colling Aerospace Multi-Scan weather radar system is now a standard feature for every King Air 260. The aircraft is capable of flying with a maximum range of 1,720 nautical miles at top cruise speeds of 310 ktas.
“The Beechcraft King Air lineup is the most popular business turboprop in the world [...] It’s essential for us to continue exploring ways to bring innovation to such a renowned aircraft, and these enhancements will allow owners and operators to accomplish their various missions with greater comfort, technology and ease,” Rob Scholl, senior vice president, Sales and Flight Operations for Textron Aviation concluded.
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