The police force for the state of Victoria in Australia has a new twin-engine Beechcraft King Air 350ER turboprop at its disposal. The plane has been assigned to the Victoria Police Air Wing (VPAW) program and its team of tactical flight officers. Beechcraft brand owner Textron Aviation delivered the aircraft to aviation services provider Skytraders, which was founded in 1979 and which currently operates and maintains aircraft for the Victoria Police.
A Trusted Platform
An extended-range variant of the King Air 350i, the King Air 350ER’s interior can be configured to serve critical missions for government, military, and commercial customers. VPAW team members carry out airborne law enforcement, training, search and rescue, and extended offshore marine safety missions across Victoria state.
Textron Aviation Vice President of Special Mission Sales Bob Gibbs says the King Air 350ER will greatly enhance VPAW team members’ capabilities. “The turboprop’s unique combination of proven performance, range, speed, and ease of operation makes it a trusted platform for large law enforcement agencies like Victoria Police,” Gibbs says.
“The King Air 350ER will undertake a wide variety of roles and enhance aviation capabilities of Victoria Police,” says Victoria Police Aviation Program Director Ashley Bellamy. “With extended endurance and range, it will complement our helicopters by providing a valuable, uninterrupted observation platform that will support police across the state.”
Find Your Beechcraft Turboprop
Textron Aviation recently introduced updated versions of the King Air 350 and 350ER models in the King Air 360 and 360ER, which include airframe, avionics, and interior improvements. Both the King Air 350ER and 360ER provide a maximum range of 2,692 nautical miles (4,985 kilometers), a top cruise speed of 303 ktas (561 km/h) cruise speed, and a useful load of 7,145 pounds (3,241 kilograms). Both also seat up to 15 occupants.
Source: Textron Aviation
Posted On: 8/27/2020 4:30:39 PM