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Beechcraft King Air 360


Twin-Engine Utility Aircraft [ 2022 ]



The King Air 360 was announced by Textron in 2020 as the official successor to its popular King Air 350 line.



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The Beechcraft "King Air 360" was announced by parent company Textron in 2020 as the official successor to its globally popular King Air 350 series twin. The civil utility-minded aircraft, evolving the "Super King Air" line, stands to make a splash in a lucrative marketplace and join the nearly 4,000 units built since series introduction in 1972. While primarily recognized for its placement in civilian market circles, the King Air 350, in its own right, is also a proven military performer - used in a variety of non-combat roles such as reconnaissance and Electronic Warfare (EW), such is its versatility.

The King Air 360 will continue to use the established design lines of the preceding King Air 350: the fuselage is dotted with rounded windows along the cabin sides with the side-by-side cockpit positioned aft of a relatively sharp, sloping nosecone assembly. The mainplanes are low-mounted along the fuselage sides and each carries an engine nacelle housing a turboprop while capped by efficiency-minded winglets. The tail unit is of typical "T-style" arrangement, allowing the horizontal planes to clear the prop-wash. A retractable, wheeled undercarriage provides the needed support needed during ground-running and related actions.

The new aircraft will sport upgrades to its avionics set (the Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion being the centerpiece), interior, and airframe. Part of the additions include a modern digital pressurization system, a full regime auto-throttle system, and Onboard Maintenance System (OMS). The interior has been revisited to provide enhanced luxurious comforts for working on-the-go or relaxing at 30,000 feet. Finishes are improved for the single-aisle configuration and six finish schemes are being made available for the discerning customer. Including pilots, up to eleven persons can be carried in relative comfort.

The cockpit is dominated by three 14-inch full-color touchscreen displays offering easy-to-access and read performance and general system information. Each pilot position has a traditional control yoke and the throttle quadrant is shared by way of the centralized console. All primary system controls are within easy reach from either seat - navigation and communications controls also being duplicated. A dual Flight Management System (FMS) is standard as is an integrated Terrain Awareness and Warning System (TAWS). As with other modern aircraft, this new cockpit is designed to reduce workload and pilot fatigue over long-haul flights.

Structurally, the finalized aircraft design is given an overall length of 46.7 feet, a height of 14.3. feet, and a wingspan of 57.10 feet. The aircraft weighs 9.955lb against an MTOW of 15,000lb.

Power will come from 2 x Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC) PT6A-60A series turboprop engines of 1,050 horsepower, these driving four-bladed, constant-speed Hartzell propeller units.

Maximum cruising speed reaches 360 miles-per-hour with an operational range out to 1,805 nautical miles. Climb rate is listed at 2,700 fpm. The maximum service altitude is 35,000 feet.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Specifications



Beechcraft / Textron - USA
Manufacturer(s)
United States (probable)
Operators National flag of the United States
2022
Service Year
United States
National Origin
In-Development
Project Status
2
Crew
5
Units


SPECIAL-MISSION: AIRBORNE EARLY WARNING
Specially-equipped platform providing over-battlefield Command and Control (C2) capability for allied aerial elements.
SPECIAL-MISSION: MECICAL EVACUATION
Extraction of wounded combat or civilian elements by way of specialized onboard equipment and available internal volume or external carrying capability.
TRANSPORT
General transport functionality to move supplies/cargo or personnel (including wounded and VIP) over range.
COMMERCIAL AVIATION
Used in roles serving the commercial aviation market, ferrying both passengers and goods over range.
VIP SERVICE
Used in the Very-Important-Person (VIP) passenger transport role, typically with above-average amenities and luxuries as standard.
INTELLIGENCE-SURVEILLANCE-RECONNAISSANCE
Surveil ground targets / target areas to assess environmental threat levels, enemy strength, or enemy movement.


RADAR-CAPABLE
Houses, or can house (through specialized variants), radar equipment for searching, tracking, and engagement of enemy elements.
MULTI-ENGINE
Incorporates two or more engines, enhancing survivability and / or performance.
RUGGED AIRFRAME
Inherent ability of airframe to take considerable damage.
HIGH-ALTITUDE PERFORMANCE
Can reach and operate at higher altitudes than average aircraft of its time.
EXTENDED RANGE PERFORMANCE
Capability to travel considerable distances through onboard fuel stores.
MARITIME OPERATION
Ability to operate over ocean in addition to surviving the special rigors of the maritime environment.
CREWSPACE PRESSURIZATION
Supports pressurization required at higher operating altitudes for crew survival.
CREW-MANAGED
Beyond a pilot, the aircraft takes advantage of additional crew specialized in specific functions aboard the aircraft.
ENCLOSED CREWSPACE(S)
Features partially- or wholly-enclosed crew workspaces.
RETRACTABLE UNDERCARRIAGE
Features retracting / retractable undercarriage to preserve aerodynamic efficiency.
ENHANCED ACCESS
Design incorporates feature(s) that facilitates loading / unloading of cargo / personnel from the aircraft.


46.6 ft
(14.20 meters)
Length
57.9 ft
(17.65 meters)
Width/Span
14.4 ft
(4.40 meters)
Height
9,954 lb
(4,515 kilograms)
Empty Weight
15,002 lb
(6,805 kilograms)
Maximum Take-Off Weight
+5,049 lb
(+2,290 kg)
Weight Difference
monoplane / low-mounted / straight
Mainplane Arrangement
Monoplane
Design utilizes a single primary wing mainplane; this represents the most popular modern mainplane arrangement.
Low-Mounted
Mainplanes are low-mounted along the sides of the fuselage.
Straight
The planform involves use of basic, straight mainplane members.


2 x Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC) PT6A-60A turboprop engines developing 1,050 horsepower driving four-bladed propeller units.
Propulsion
373 mph
(600 kph | 324 knots)
Max Speed
360 mph
(580 kph | 313 knots)
Cruise Speed
+12 mph
(+20 kph | 11 knots)
Speed Difference
35,007 ft
(10,670 m | 7 miles)
Ceiling
2,078 miles
(3,345 km | 1,806 nm)
Range
2,700 ft/min
(823 m/min)
Rate-of-Climb


MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030


None.


King Air 360 - Base Series Designation.
King Air 350ER - Extended Range model.


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