Beech King Air B200 (1981-2012) Serial Numbers BB-734 through BB-1998, BY-1 through current

The Beechcraft Super King Air family is part of a line of twin-turboprop aircraft produced by Beechcraft. The Model 200 and Model 300 series were originally marketed as the “Super King Air” family; the “Super” designation was dropped in 1996. They form the King Air line together with the King Air Model 90 and 100 series. The Beechcraft 1900 regional airliner was derived from the Model B200 King Air.

The Super King Air family has been in continuous production since 1974, the longest production run of any civilian turboprop aircraft in its class. It outlasted all of its previous competitors; the only other pressurized multi engine turboprop utility aircraft now in production is the Piaggio P.180 Avanti.

Development

Super King Air B200

This updated and improved version was the Model B200, which entered production in 1981. It was fitted with PT6A-42 engines, still rated at 850 shp (630 kW), but with improvements that resulted in greater aircraft performance. Other changes included increased maximum pressurization (to 6.5 psi differential) and changes to the cockpit layout. The Model 200C gave way to the Model B200C the same year, with the first Model B200T and Model B200CT being modified from a B200 and B200C respectively, the following year. Commencing in 1984 the B200, B200C and their derivatives were fitted with a revised landing gear retraction mechanism, actuated by hydraulic rams powered by an electric pump installed in the LH wing. This replaced the earlier electro-mechanical retraction system of gearboxes, driveshafts and chains and sprockets that was a throwback to the Twin Bonanza. At the same time the propellers fitted were changed from 3-bladed Hartzells to 3-bladed McCauleys. Forty-seven B200Cs built that year were delivered to the U.S. military, with dozens more of a similar standard ordered in subsequent years, but not given official civil model designations.

A total of 14 B200s were produced in 1989 and 1990 in a 13-seat high density configuration with a belly cargo pod; these were marketed by Beechcraft as a commuter airliner under the designation Model 1300. Customers for this version included Mesa Airlines. The propeller installation changed again in 1992, when Beechcraft started offering the option of having 4-bladed Hartzell or McCauley propellers, or 3-bladed Hartzell propellers; the 3-bladed McCauley propellers were no longer available. From October 1995 Beechcraft offered an updated B200 with Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS) avionics, this was marketed as the “B200SE Super King Air” (for Special Edition). The following year the “Super” name was dropped from all marketing and advertising. In October 2003, Beechcraft announced another avionics upgrade for the B200, the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 suite.

The B200 remains in production, with a total of 13 built in 2009. The B200C is available for order; in January 2009 two B200Cs were delivered to the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (RFDS). The two B200Cs were the first examples delivered in about three years (the most recent B200Cs prior to this were two delivered in early 2006 for use as air ambulances in Scotland). On May 21, 2007, during the 7th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Geneva, Hawker Beechcraft (as the company was now known) introduced the Model B200GT updated version of the B200. The B200GT is fitted with a new model of PT6 engine developed specifically for it by Pratt & Whitney Canada; while still rated at 850 shp (630 kW) the new PT6A-52 develops maximum power to an even higher altitude than the −42 it replaces, thus further improving aircraft performance. The B200GT and B200CGT with large cargo door were certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on November 16, 2007 and by the end of 2009, 97 B200GTs had been delivered.Hawker Beechcraft has elected to use new constructor's number prefixes for the B200GT and B200CGT; B200GTs are being built with the prefix “BY” and B200CGTs with the prefix “BZ”.

In 2014 Beechcraft announced the availability of an option (available at manufacture and for existing aircraft) to increase the MTOW of the B200GT from 12,500 pounds (5,700 kg) to 13,420 pounds (6,090 kg), marketed as the King Air 250EP (for Extra Payload). The upgrade puts the 250EP into the same weight class as the King Air 350, necessitating various system changes to meet certification requirements and a special rating for pilots.

BEECHCRAFT KING AIR B200

Twin engine turboprop aircraft with retractable landing gear. The KING AIR B200C seats up to 14 passengers plus 1 pilot.

Performance specifications

  • Horsepower: 2 x 850 HP
  • Best Cruise Speed: 294 KIAS
  • Best Range (i): 1,800 NM
  • Fuel Burn: 103.0 GPH
  • Stall Speed: 75 KIAS
  • Rate of climb: 2,450 FPM
  • Rate of climb (1 engine out): 745 FPM
  • Ceiling: 35,000 FT
  • Ceiling (1 engine out): 21,900 FT
  • Takeoff distance: 2,479 FT
  • Landing distance: 2,845 FT
  • Takeoff distance over 50ft obstacle: 3,838 FT
  • Landing distance over 50ft obstacle: 4,417 FT

Weights

  • Gross Weight: 12,500 LBS
  • Empty Weight: 8,820 LBS
  • Maximum Payload: 2,180 LBS
  • Fuel capacity: 544.03 GAL

2008 BEECHCRAFT KING AIR B200GT

Twin engine turboprop aircraft with retractable landing gear. The KING AIR B200GT seats up to 10 passengers plus 1 pilot.

Performance specifications

  • Horsepower: 2 x 850 HP
  • Best Cruise Speed: 308 KIAS
  • Best Range (i): 1,592 NM
  • Fuel Burn: 98.5 GPH
  • Stall Speed: 75 KIAS
  • Rate of climb: 2,200 FPM
  • Rate of climb (1 engine out): 740 FPM
  • Ceiling: 35,000 FT
  • Ceiling (1 engine out): 24,200 FT
  • Takeoff distance: 2,100 FT
  • Landing distance: 2,845 FT
  • Takeoff distance over 50ft obstacle: 2,111 FT
  • Landing distance over 50ft obstacle: 3,388 FT

Weights

  • Gross Weight: 12,500 LBS
  • Empty Weight: 11,000 LBS
  • Maximum Payload: 2,240 LBS
  • Fuel capacity: 538.99 GAL

 

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