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,
MVP Aero is developing a $189,000 light sport amphibious seaplane that doubles as a camper and is expected to fly in 18 months, with deliveries in 2017.
The FAA will miss a deadline to reform aircraft certification by two years, the agency told the House Aviation Subcommittee during a July 23 hearing.
AOPA is testing whether aircraft ownership can be more affordable than many people believe with the development of “Reimagined Aircraft.”
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