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Extended range Special-Mission Beechcraft King Air 350ER certified

Today, Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) announced another step in the proud legacy of both the Beechcraft® King Air and Special Mission aircraft, by certifying the Beechcraft King Air 350ER. A derivative of the successful Beechcraft King Air 350, the King Air 350ER provides extended range (ER) through the addition of nacelle fuel tanks, along with an increase in gross weight from 15,000 lbs to 16,500 lbs, plus the incorporation of heavy-weight landing gear.  

"Whether the mission is patrolling economic exclusion zones, conducting maritime search and rescue activities, providing overland surveillance, or tankering fuel for extended-range commercial operations, the Beechcraft King Air 350ER provides proven reliability and unparalleled cost-effectiveness over a wide variety of military and civilian special missions," said Ted Farid, vice president, New Business Development.  

These enhancements provide the King Air 350ER with over eight hours of endurance, and the flexibility to loiter low and slow, or cruise at 300 knots and 35,000 feet. Taking off at gross weight with full fuel and full payload, the King Air 350ER can fly out 100 nautical miles, perform a low altitude surveillance mission for seven hours and 20 minutes, fly back 100 nautical miles, and still land with over 45 minutes of fuel on board.  No other aircraft in its class can come close to this performance.  

"Building on one of the most successful business aircraft of all time, the Beechcraft King Air 350ER provides an exceptional, cost-effective platform for special-mission operations," said Farid. "The King Air continues to be the product of choice for companies, governments and individuals around the world."  

Special mission and commercial customers benefit from HBC's extensive support infrastructure that includes more than 100 factory owned and factory authorized service centers world wide.  Expanding international markets show the need for special mission aircraft for a variety of purposes such as, homeland security, maritime and overland surveillance, reconnaissance, air ambulance and disaster relief.   

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation is the world's leading business, special-mission and trainer aircraft manufacturer – designing, marketing and supporting aviation products and services for businesses, governments and individuals worldwide. The company's headquarters and major facilities are located in Wichita, Kan., with operations in Salina, Kan.; Little Rock, Ark; and Chester, England, U.K. The company leads the industry with a global network of over 100 factory-owned and authorized service centers.  

Beechcraft King Air 350ER Quick Facts:

·         The Beechcraft King Air series celebrates over 40 years of continuous production and technological progression.  

·         More than 6,200 King Airs have rolled off the production line since 1964. 

·         2,570 nautical mile range

·         Spacious and luxurious cabin (length: 19 feet, 6 inches; height: 4 feet, 9 inches; width: 4 feet, 6 inches; cabin volume is 355 cubic feet).

·         55.3 cubic foot in-flight accessible baggage access.

·         Private aft lavatory.

·         Beechcraft quality and reliability.

·         Comprehensive service and support network that spans the globe.

·         Typically equipped price is $6,810,000 (mission-specific equipment additional)

Press release issued by Beechcraft Corporation on November 11, 2007


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