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Beechcraft King Air 360


Twin-Engine Utility Aircraft


United States | 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.

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Cockpit
While traditional jobs involve workstations, office desks, or cubicles, aircraft provide operators with their own unique, ever-changing view of the world below.
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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Cessna King Air 360 Twin-Engine Utility Aircraft.
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 kts
Max Speed
360 mph
580 kph | 313 kts
Cruise Speed
35,007 ft
10,670 m | 7 miles
Service Ceiling
2,078 miles
3,345 km | 1,806 nm
Operational Range
2,700 ft/min
823 m/min
Rate-of-Climb
City-to-City Ranges
Operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
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Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Cessna King Air 360 Twin-Engine Utility Aircraft.
2
(MANNED)
Crew
46.6 ft
14.20 m
O/A Length
57.9 ft
(17.65 m)
O/A Width
14.4 ft
(4.40 m)
O/A Height
9,954 lb
(4,515 kg)
Empty Weight
15,002 lb
(6,805 kg)
MTOW
Design Balance
The three qualities reflected below are altitude, speed, and range. The more full the box, the more balanced the design.
RANGE
ALT
SPEED
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Beechcraft King Air 360 family line.
King Air 360 - Base Series Designation.
King Air 350ER - Extended Range model.
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Beechcraft King Air 360. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 5 Units

Contractor(s): Beechcraft / Textron - USA
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Relative Max Speed
Hi: 400mph
Lo: 200mph
Aircraft Max Listed Speed (373mph).

Graph Average of 300 MPH.
Era Crossover
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Production Comparison
5
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44000
Entry compared against Ilyushin IL-2 (military) and Cessna 172 (civilian) total production.
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
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Mission Roles
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Recognition
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