Company Notes 'Baby' King Air Still Bigger Than Most VLJs
Hawker Beechcraft Corporation announced Monday the certification
of the new Beechcraft King Air C90GTi by the Federal Aviation
Administration, the latest evolution of the popular twin-turbine
Beechcraft King Air 90 series aircraft.
Introduced at the European Business
Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in May
2007, the upgraded Beechcraft King Air C90GTi features an advanced,
fully-integrated, Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite, the same
system found in the King Air B200GT, King Air 350, Premier 1A,
Hawker 750 and Hawker 900XP.
The King Air C90GTi will replace the current King Air C90GT.
Hawker Beechcraft delivered 10 King Air C90GTi aircraft in December
2007 and certification has been achieved for Brazil. Pursuits of
other international certifications are to follow in Europe, Mexico,
Canada, Venezuela and Guatemala.
"With the addition of the Pro Line 21 avionics system in
conjunction with the airplane’s recently upgraded Pratt and
Whitney PT6A-135A engines, the new C90GTi delivers the lowest
priced twin-turbine aircraft with mid-size jet avionics," said Brad
Hatt, president, Commercial Aircraft. "The improvements we have
made ensure that it will continue to lead this dynamic market
segment in safety and performance."
Company representatives pointedly note the C90GTi features a
cabin 50 percent larger than most VLJs... allowing the King Air
C90GTi to seat up to seven passengers. It also includes an
in-flight-accessible, heated and pressurized baggage storage area,
plus a private aft lavatory that is standard on every King Air
The King Air C90GTi's Pro Line 21 system includes three
eight-by-10 inch large-format liquid crystal displays, as well as
digital radio and audio systems. It features advanced capabilities
such as a multi-sensor flight management system that utilizes
several aircraft position inputs, solid state weather radar and
Collins patented Chart Link TM automated chart selection system, to
greatly reduce pilot workload. Other features include TAWS+,
TCAS-I, a high speed USB database loader and optional Collins HF
Pro Line 21’s total system integration allows electronic
monitoring and analysis of all on-board systems, which enhances
mission safety and aircraft reliability. It delivers unmatched
situational awareness by making retrieval and analysis of
flight-critical information as intuitive as possible. Advanced
digital capabilities in collecting, processing and displaying
communication, navigation and surveillance (CNS) data keep pilots
wired into a network of ever-changing information.
The Rockwell Collins avionics suite also incorporates an
Integrated Flight Information System (IFIS) offering pilots a wide
range of tools to enhance safety and situational awareness.
Standard features include map overlays (airways, airspace,
geopolitical) and Electronic Jeppessen charts. In addition to these
standard features, IFIS options include XM Graphical Weather (US
only) or Universal Datalink (world-wide service).