Beechcraft King Air 360, 360ER & 260 Models Approved For Brazilian Operation, Deliveries To Begin Soon

Textron Aviation says it will soon begin deliveries of its King Air 360/360ER and King Air 260 turboprop aircraft to Brazil, as all three models received approval in late April from Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Authority. (Photo courtesy of Textron Aviation.)

Textron Aviation has announced that it will begin deliveries this quarter to Brazil of its Beechcraft King Air 360, 360 ER (extended range), and 260 turboprop aircraft, which received certification from the National Civil Aviation Authority of Brazil (ANAC) in late April. Beechcraft parent company Textron Aviation introduced all three twin-engine turboprops in 2020. The flagship King Air 360/360ER received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) type certification in October 2020, followed by the King Air 260 in March 2021.

Big In Brazil

Next to the United States, Brazil has the largest active fleet of King Air aircraft at nearly 500 planes, Textron Aviation says. In addition to powering vacation getaways and international connections, King Airs are popular among Brazilian owners in large metropolitan areas for travelling to interior remote farms and factories, the manufacturer says.

“The Beechcraft King Air´s operational versatility is its key selling point in Brazil and around the globe,” says Marcelo Moreira, Textron Aviation vice president of sales, Latin America. “The King Air is a high-performance turboprop that can operate in almost any environment, from large metropolitan airports to short unprepared strips, which is why the aircraft is so popular in this region of the world.”

Kings Of The Air

All three King Air models include the Innovation Solutions & Support (IS&S) ThrustSense Autothrottle system that automatically governs engine power from takeoff roll through climb, cruise, descent, and go-around flight phases. Each also features a digital pressurization controller designed to reduce pilot workload by automatically scheduling cabin pressurization during climb and descent.

The nine-occupant King Air 260 is billed as the most popular business turboprop in the world. It’s equipped with a Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion flight deck and uses twin Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-52 engines rated for 850 shaft horsepower. It has a 1,720-nautical-mile (3,185-kilometer) maximum range, a top speed of 310 ktas (574 km/h), and a 3,760-pound (1,705.5-kilogram) useful load.

At nearly 500 planes, Textron Aviation says Brazil has the largest active fleet of King Air aircraft in the world outside of the United States. (Photo courtesy of Textron Aviation.)

The 11-occupant King Air 360 and 15-occupant King Air 360ER use the same flight deck, but are equipped with a pair of Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-60A powerplants rated for 1,050 shp. Both planes have a 35,000-foot (10,668-meter) maximum operating altitude. The King Air 360 has an 1,806-nm (3,345-km) maximum range, a 312-ktas (578-km/h) maximum speed, and a 5,145-lb (2,334-kg) useful load. The King Air 360ER has an extended range of 2,692 nm (4,986 km) range, a slightly slower 303-ktas (561-km/h) top speed, and a larger 7,145-lb (3,241-kg) useful load.

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Source: Textron Aviation

Posted On: 5/4/2021 11:37:59 AM