The FAA has issued the type certificate for the Hawker Beechcraft King Air 250. Key features of the latest iteration of the King Air product line include BLR Aerospace composite winglets, Hartzell ASC-II composite four-blade propellers and Raisbeck Engineering ram-air recovery system. The new propellers, equipped with lightweight aluminum hubs, shave 65 pounds off the King Air 250’s empty weight. The ram-air recovery system improves hot/high and cruise performance by lowering engine ITT by about 20 degrees C. The King Air 250 reduces max-weight takeoff distance over a 50-foot obstacle at sea level by 400 feet and by 700 feet at 5,000 feet at 25 degrees C compared with the B200GT.
On June 3, Hawker Beechcraft’s final pre-production Hawker 200 made its first flight, joining three other test aircraft. The Hawker 200 is the upgraded version of the Premier IA, with new Williams International FJ44-3AP engines, higher cruise speed (473 knots) and maximum altitude (45,000 feet) and range of 1,500 nm with four passengers.