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,
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
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