- 13 Apr 2021
- Aviation Podcasts
The current version of the popular Beech King Air is the C90GTx which is ideal for small business use and features a number of improvements over the C90GTi. It has a gross weight increase and is fitted with winglets which together improve takeoff performance and increase range and fuel efficiency, making the 6-passenger C90GTx a real workhorse.
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The Beechcraft King Air C90GTx costs between $1.75m for a 2010 model, up to $3.8m for a 2020 model, according for Aircraft Bluebook’s spring 2021 data. Those values represent average retail for the model year. The actual sale price of a specific King Air C90GTx model will vary greatly, and could be higher or lower than the average retail, depending on maintenance condition, damage history, time on the airframe and engines before the next major inspection is due, and more. The buyer and seller will negotiate an acceptable price based on the aircraft-specific factors.
There are a number of options in the modern turboprop market for similar numbers of passengers as the Beechcraft King Air C90GTx, such as the single-engine Daher TBM 930, which also typically carries five passengers, but offers a longer range.
The King Air C90GTx is particularly notable for its relatively large cabin, which is 50% larger than those found in some very light jets, according to Textron Aviation. The squared-oval cabin design aims to boost passenger comfort to the highest levels.
The King Air C90GTx improves on 2008’s King Air C90GTi in a number of ways, but most notably through increasing the maximum take-off weight to 10,585lbs.
Beechcraft King Air C90GTx Turboprop Overview
By Gerrard Cowan
The Beechcraft King Air C90GTx is the most recent entrant in a line of successful twin-engine King Air 90-series turboprops. This entry-level aircraft is ideal for small business use.
The C90GTx was launched in 2010, offering a number of improvements over the C90GTi, and was built until 2021 when parent company Textron Aviation announced it would end production of the aircraft.
A true ‘workhorse’ of the twin-engine turboprop world, the King Air C90GTi seats up to seven passengers (though it is typically equipped with five executive seats), and provides an appealing blend of comfort, durability, and flexibility. The aircraft has a maximum range of 1,260nm.
In November 2020, there had been 202 Beechcraft King Air C90GTx units produced, according to data from JETNET.
What features does the Beechcraft King Air C90GTx offer?
The Beechcraft King Air C90GTx originally came equipped with a Collins Pro Line 21 avionics system, though this was upgraded in 2017 to introduce the Collins ProLine Fusion system.
Other improvements over previous aircraft in the series include the introduction of a heated and pressurised baggage storage area that’s accessible in-flight. The aircraft has two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-135 engines.
Although the aircraft is no longer produced, it was modified and upgraded over the years, with new features delivering shorter take-off and landing distances, providing improved handling and boosting the passenger experience.
What came before and after the Beechcraft King Air C90GTx?
The C90GTx is part of an aircraft family that’s been in development since the 1960s. The King Air C90GT was introduced in 2006 utilizing new PT6A-135A engines, before the King Air C90GTi was launched in 2008 adding the Collins Pro Line 21 avionics system to the line.
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