- 20 Sep 2019
- René Banglesdorf
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The Beechcraft King Air 350 is the largest turboprop in the Beechcraft family, being based on the King Air 300 but with a 34-inch longer fuselage, two extra windows and longer wings with winglets. The extra length allows for eight seats in double club layout and there is a ninth seat in the a restroom. The 350 is Rockwell Collins ProLine 21 equipped.
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The Beechcraft King Air 350 costs between $1m (for a 1990 model) up to $2.3 (for a 2009 model), according to Aircraft Bluebook’s spring 2021 data. These values represent an average retail price for the respective model year. There are a number of aircraft-specific factors that can determine a sale price, though, and individual models can sell for above, or below the average retail price, depending on their maintenance condition, any installed upgrades and retrofits, time remaining on the airframe and engines before the next major maintenance event, and more. Buyers and sellers negotiate the sale price based on a combination of these unique factors.
There are a wide range of potential alternative options in the same market as the King Air 350, including the Piaggio P180 Avanti II, which offers a range of 1,470nm and can carry a maximum of eight passengers and two crew. Operators may also wish to consider some of the various other King Air offerings in the same category, like the King Air 350i and the 360, depending on budget and exact mission need.
The King Air 350 is perhaps most notable for its relatively large size, with the extra length allowing for eight seats in double club layout.
The King Air 350i incorporated a number of enhancements, most notably in the cabin, which comes equipped with the Collins Venue cabin management system for added passenger comfort.
Beechcraft King Air 350 Turboprop Overview
By Gerrard Cowan
At the time of launch in the early 1990s, the twin-engine Beechcraft King Air 350 turboprop was the largest model in the Beechcraft family, adding further heft to a line already known for its combination of comfort and flexibility.
The King Air 350 stemmed from the King Air 300, providing longer wings with winglets, a longer fuselage, and other structural and performance enhancements. It has a maximum capacity for up to 11 passengers, though normally it accommodates eight, and it has a top range of about 1,500nm.
The enhancements were clearly a hit with the market, and Beechcraft produced 687 King Air 350s over the years of production, according to JETNET data.
What features does the Beechcraft King Air 350 offer?
The Beechcraft King Air 350 is powered by two PT6A-60A engines. Models built from the early 2000s also feature a modern Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite.
What came before and after the Beechcraft King Air 350?
The King Air 350 was based on the King Air 300, which was similar to the B200 (though it had more powerful 1,050shp PT6A-60A engines and a higher take-off weight).
The modern entrant to the fleet is the King Air 360, which entered service in late 2020 and has a range of innovations, including the IS&S ThrustSense Autothrottle, and a new digital pressurization controller, both of which are designed to reduce the pilot’s workload, and are not available on earlier models.
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