Textron Aviation announced in early October that it had achieved Type Certification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its newest flagship twin turboprop Beechcraft King Air 360/360ER aircraft, with customer deliveries to commence in the coming weeks.
The company says the newly upgraded aircraft offers technological advancements in the cockpit, a redesigned cabin and enhancements to passenger comfort. The enhancements to the King Air 360 cockpit will reduce pilot workload. The Innovative Solutions & Support (IS&S)ThrustSense Autothrottle will automatically manage engine power from the takeoff roll through the climb, cruise, descent, and go-around phases of flight. There is also a new automatic digital pressurization controller integrated in the Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion flight deck.
The new redesigned King Air 360 cabin features custom-built cabinetry, partitions and side ledges, upgraded materials and finishes, along with all new interior schemes. Also standard for the entire King Air line include – pull-out work tables, standard power outlets, USB charging stations and a private aft lavatory. An improved cabin altitude level provides greater comfort for passengers, especially during long flights.