More Powerful Variant Intro'd At EBACE 2007
At the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition
(EBACE) in May, Hawker Beechcraft Corporation introduced the
Beechcraft King Air B200GT, the latest evolution of the erstwhile
Beechcraft King Air 200 series. Six months later, the new, more
powerful King Air B200GT is now certified by the Federal Aviation
Featuring a 305-knot max cruise speed, the upgraded Beechcraft
King Air B200GT enjoys a nearly 20-knot speed increase and climbs
faster to its intended cruising altitudes than the King Air B200 it
replaces, according to Hawker Beechcraft.
Powering the improvement is the installation of two new,
recently certified Pratt and Whitney PT6A-52 engines designed
specifically for the King Air B200GT. The PT6A-52 engine was
derived by mating the turbine section of the 1,050-shp capable
PT6A-60A found on the King Air 350 with the existing King Air B200
PT6A-42 gearbox. The result is an engine that holds its 850-shp
flat rating to a much higher altitude, improving climb and cruise
performance under almost all flight scenarios.
The new engines also enter the market with the same 3,600-hour
TBO (Time Before Overhaul) as the other Beechcraft King Air
engines. The -52 engine also eliminates the 10,000 foot TOFA
(Takeoff Field Altitude) limitation found on the King Air B200.
“Continuing the next logical step in the evolution of the
Beechcraft King Air series, the Beechcraft King Air B200GT builds
on one of the most successful business aircraft of all time,”
said Brad Hatt, president, Commercial Sales. “The addition of
newly developed Pratt and Whitney engines moves the entire flight
envelope of the King Air B200GT higher and faster than the B200,
ensuring that the new model will continue to lead this dynamic
market segment for many years to come."
The King Air B200GT seats up to nine passengers in a roomy,
squared-oval cabin allowing greater passenger head, shoulder and
leg room, as well as space for passenger amenities and equipment.
It also features a heated and pressurized baggage storage area that
is easily accessed during flight and a fully enclosed aft private
Pursuit of international certifications will immediately follow
with EASA, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, India, Argentina and
Guatemala expected by the end of the year.