A New More Powerful King Air B200GT
Introduced in May, the latest evolution of the Beechcraft King Air 200 series is now certified by the FAA as the Pratt and Whitney PT6A-52-powered, 305-knot cruise, $5.27 million King Air B200GT. The new engine platform mates the turbine section of the 1,050-shp capable PT6A-60A (found on the King Air 350) to a PT6A-42 gearbox and so offers the B200GT 850-shp to a higher altitude, which improves climb and cruise numbers through nearly all parameters of flight when compared to your standard King Air 200 series aircraft. The new engine configuration's performance eliminates the 10,000-foot (altitude) takeoff field limitation imposed on the lesser 200 while its lineage affords it a 3,600-hour TBO. Hawker Beechcraft corporation's president of commercial sales, Brad Hatt, said the B200GT builds on the success of the 200 series by offering a nine-place squared-oval cabin with a heated and pressurized baggage area, plus a private aft lavatory and a new engine package that ensures "the new model will continue to lead" in its market segment "for many years to come." Hawker Beechcraft will be seeking certifications with EASA, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, India, Argentina and Guatemala, which it expects to have in hand by year-end.