October 23, 2013
By Alton K. Marsh
Beechcraft Corp. was officially recognized by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) for a speed record set by its Beechcraft King Air 350ER last year. NAA President Jonathan Gaffney awarded the official certificate at the 2013 National Business Aviation Association convention in Las Vegas.
A King Air 350ER demonstrator aircraft set the record for "Speed Over a Recognized Course" during an Oct. 28, 2012, flight at 331.08 mph for a 1,863.97-nautical-mile route from San Diego to Orlando, Fla. It is a world record.
A King Air 350ER demonstrator is on static display during the NBAA convention from Oct. 22 through 24. It is a standard extended-range airplane, which is capable of more than 12 hours endurance or more than 2,500-nm range.
The demonstrator has been fitted with a surveillance mission console, high-density seating for military transport missions, and two medical sleds and a medical storage cabinet for air ambulance missions. All of these installations are certified by the FAA and European Aviation Safety Agency.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
National Business Aviation Association,
The Type Club Coalition is the latest group to join AOPA in urging a quick review of proposed reforms to the third class medical.
Aerospace and defense giant Lockheed Martin stirred the pot with an Oct. 15 announcement that compact fusion could power vehicles, even aircraft, within a decade. Skeptics were quick to speak up, while Lockheed filed for patents and hopes to find partners in government, academia, and industry.
Nextant Aerospace, adding a remanufactured King Air to its remanufactured Hawker 400 offering, says the King Air (Nextant G90XT) will fly early next year.
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