Pro Line Fusion-equipped Beechcraft King Air 250 awarded type certificate
As reported in a previous issue of King Air magazine, Beechcraft Corporation announced that new production King Air turboprops would feature the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics system as standard equipment, as well as enhanced cabin features. This upgrade is progressing as planned, as the Pro Line Fusion-equipped King Air 250 was awarded its type certificate and debuted at EAA’s AirVenture.
According to the company, the new avionics system changes how operators aviate, navigate and communicate through a one-of-a-kind intuitive flight deck interface; and the enhancements to the cabin offer an improved and connected passenger experience.
The Pro Line Fusion’s three 14-inch displays are interchangeable, high-resolution and cursor controlled. Other performance-enhancing capabilities include:
- Integrated touchscreen checklists
- Intuitive graphical touchscreen flight planning
- High-resolution SVS with patented airport dome graphics
- Convenient presets to reconfigure all three displays with a single touch
- Full multi-sensor flight management system
- Available automatic wireless database and chart uploads
- Open and scalable architecture for future upgrades and mandates
The enhancements made to the Cabin
The upgrades to the King Air’s cabin technologies are international or domestic Wi-Fi as standard on the
King Air 350i and King Air 250 aircraft and optional on the King Air C90GTx, allowing customers to stay connected on the ground and in the air. Also standard on all three models will be electronically dimmable window shades, offering a simple interface that provides clearer views and darker shading at the touch of a button.
Deliveries for the Pro Line Fusion-equipped King Air 250 will commence this quarter. Certification for the King Air 350i/ER is expected to occur in the fourth quarter of this year, followed by the King Air C90GTx in the first half of 2016, with deliveries beginning shortly thereafter.
First-Ever Pink King Air 350i to Bring Awareness and Funds for Breast Cancer
Wheels Up, the revolutionary membership-based private aviation company featured in the October 2014 issue of King Air magazine, has taken delivery of the first-ever one-of-a-kind, pink Beechcraft King Air 350i aircraft to commence its first annual Breast Cancer Awareness initiative. The pink plane will be in service from October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016, in support of raising awareness and funds for the Dubin Breast Center at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, one of the world’s most renowned and advanced facilities for breast cancer treatment and research.
The special King Air is the 45th aircraft in the Wheels Up fleet. The company took delivery of its first 350i in October 2013, which was part of the largest business aircraft order for twin turboprop aircraft in general aviation history – up to 105 brand new King Air 350i aircraft and Hawker Beechcraft Services as the acting maintenance provider, a deal valued at $1.4 billion.