Category Archives: King Air

Taking a Look at the Blackhawk XP42 King Air 200

The Blackhawk XP42 is a simple, bolt-on upgrade for the King Air 200 that requires no airframe modification. The original PT6A-41 engines are exchanged for factory-new Pratt & Whitney PT6A-42 engines. Along with an increased engine TBO and lower operating cost, the Blackhawk XP42 enjoys a performance boost comparable to the King Air B200.

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King Air 350 Gets New Nose

Textron Aviation has introduced a new utility nose option for the Beechcraft King Air 350 turboprop. The new nose adds 12 cubic feet of storage space capable of holding up to 250 pounds of additional payload. The utility nose can be used on King Air 350 variants including the 350C cargo version and 350ER extended-range model. The modification is FAA-certified and compatible with both the PT6A-60A and PT6A-67A engines.

Via Textron Aviation

“This modification is a response to customer interest in optimizing the flexibility of our King Air 350 platform—equipping the aircraft with additional space for baggage or for special mission applications—and increasing loading configurations,” said Textron Vice President of Defense & Special Missions Sales Bob Gibbs. “The Beechcraft King Air offers the widest range of mission capabilities of our broad product lineup, and we remain committed to continuously enhancing the platform to ensure our customers have the capability to succeed, no matter the mission.”

According to Textron, more than 7500 King Airs have been delivered since the model’s introduction in 1964. Over the last 55 years, the King Air fleet has logged more than 60 million flight hours.

FAIRFORD, ENGLAND – JULY 2018: Close up view of the engine and propellor blades of a Raytheon Textron Aviaition King Air 350 turboprop aircraft

About the Beechcraft King Air turboprop

More than 7,500 Beechcraft King Air turboprops have been delivered to customers around the world since 1964, making it the best-selling business turboprop family in the world. The worldwide fleet has surpassed 60 million flight hours in its first 55 years, flying business missions ranging from traditional passenger and cargo transport to electronic and imagery surveillance, air ambulance, flight inspection, photographic mapping, training and weather modification

Via Textron Aviation.

[VIDEO] Blackhawk: The World’s Fastest King Air

The Blackhawk-upgraded King Air 350 features Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67A engines, producing 1,050 SHP up to 25,000 feet, while stock King Air 350 engines begin losing horsepower at 15,000 feet. Paired with two 5-blade natural composite MT Propellers with spinners, the complete upgrade transforms your Super King Air into a real Super Hero.


“This truly is the Greatest King Air that I have yet had the pleasure to operate.”
Renowned flight instructor and author of “The King Air Book” Tom Clements after flying an XP67A-powered King Air 350.

Program updates:

  • G1000 NXi compatibility is approved and a number of installations are underway!
  • Going to the King Air Gathering in Fredericksburg, Tx September 27-29? We’ll be there along with an upgraded 350! More info can be found here:
  • EAA Airventure at Oshkosh was a great success with the launch of the King Air 300 program and strong interest in the 350 we had on display which is now sold.
  • Want to hear directly from operators that are flying the XP67A? Contact me and I can provide you a full contact list for the aircraft that are flying it!
  • Wondering about resale value? 7 of our first 20 conversions have been done by aircraft brokers upgrading because it increased the value of the aircraft!
  • Pratt & Whitney was recently able to accelerate deliveries so we currently have engines available, contact us to ensure we have engines available to meet your schedule.


IS&S PC-12 Autothrottle ThrustSense Transforms the Turboprop Single, Eyeing King Air 200 Next

This is an excerpt from a very interesting article you should fully read over at FlyingMag. Below are quick highlights. 

What is this voodoo? I’d been glancing outside the airplane, a last check for traffic on short final, as Eric Smedberg, chief pilot for Innovative Solutions & Support, swung the Pilatus PC-12 onto the runway and engaged the autothrottle system with a simple press of a button.

I looked down just in time to see the power lever advancing from the idle position to max continuous takeoff thrust, which on this day was a little more than halfway to the forward stops. Seeing the autothrottles in action on a business jet or airliner is no big deal, but in a PC-12 powered by a Pratt & Whitney PT6A lacking full-authority digital engine control, that lever shouldn’t move by itself. It was like a ghost was in our presence — a decidedly friendly ghost, I had to admit.

IS&S’s PC-12 served as the certification test airplane for ThrustSense.

For nearly the next two hours of flying, including climbs, cruise flight, descents and required navigation performance (RNP) precision instrument approaches, neither Smedberg nor I adjusted the power lever or touched the yokes. Occasional button pressing and knob twisting, plus radio calls and the requisite scans for traffic on this VFR day, were about the only duties necessary for the human pilots on the round-robin demonstration flight across central New Jersey. It wasn’t until we were on final approach for landing back at Morristown Municipal Airport that Smedberg clicked off the autothrottle at 500 feet and took manual control from the unseen computerized apparition that had been working furiously — and flawlessly, I must report — behind the scenes to keep us perfectly on speed, course and altitude throughout our time aloft.

Smedberg says the autothrottle can be adapted to virtually any PT6A-powered airplane by adding the ISU standby display, which operates the thrust computer software that makes the autothrottle function. Testing of ThrustSense aboard a King Air 200 is well underway. IS&S and Blackhawk Modifications have already announced an agreement for Blackhawk to distribute and install IS&S’s NextGen flight deck and integrated turboprop autothrottle system for King Air 200s and 350s — and for good reason. The two models account for more than 3,000 airplanes, according to IS&S, and there are another 2,000 C90 through E90 and F90 King Air models that are candidates for the upgrades as well.

Testing of ThrustSense is well underway in the King Air 200, IS&S says.

The King Air NextGen flight deck will be similar to the STC’d PC-12 avionics upgrade, but in the twin-PT6A King Air applications, the autothrottle will include engine-out thrust control, which in case of engine failure automatically sets the remaining engine to the correct power level if airspeed drops below minimum controllable airspeed. The idea is that the pilot can maintain control as the autothrottle works to mitigate adverse yaw, allowing the airplane to safely accelerate under full control.

Read the full details over at FlyingMag