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Beechcraft’s King Air Upgrades with Rockwell Collins Avionics

By Juliet Van Wagenen | May 18, 2015
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[Avionics Today 05-18-2015] New production of Beechcraft’s King Air turboprops will soon feature Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics system as standard equipment.  The company is pairing the new avionics with upgraded cabin features and expects certifications on all three models to occur in the upcoming months.

King Air cockpit with Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics. Photo: Textron
King Air cockpit with Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics. Photo: Textron

Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line Fusion for the King Air features commercial aviation’s first full touchscreen capability on all three main flight displays. The flight deck’s three 14-inch displays are interchangeable, high-resolution touchscreen and cursor-controlled. Other capabilities include: integrated touchscreen checklists, intuitive graphical touchscreen flight planning, high-resolution Synthetic Vision System (SVS) with patented airport dome graphics, convenient presets to reconfigure all three displays with a single touch and full multi-sensor Flight Management System (FMS), among others.

In addition to the avionics, Beechcraft is making enhancements to the King Air’s cabin technologies, which will offer an improved and connected passenger experience. The personal device-centric cabin will include international or domestic Wi-Fi as standard on the King Air 350i and 250 aircraft and optional on the C90GTx.

The company expects the King Air 250 turboprops with the new avionics and cabin upgrades to begin delivery in the third quarter of 2015, followed by King Air 350i/ER in the fourth quarter and King Air C90GTx in early 2016.

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