Hawker Beechcraft Launches King Air C90GTx

 - July 28, 2009, 10:46 AM

Hawker Beechcraft yesterday unveiled the latest version of its venerable C90 King Air turboprop twin at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis. Deliveries of the new $3.65 million King Air C90GTx are scheduled to begin early next year. The GTx replaces the GTi, which was launched at AirVenture in 2007. The aircraft are remarkably similar, except for the addition of composite winglets on the GTx that render some significant performance improvements–namely, maximum ramp weight and mtow both increase by 385 pounds to 10,545 and 10,485 pounds, respectively, and maximum payload with full fuel increases from 387 to 737 pounds. With four passengers, the GTx will fly 200 nm farther–1,060 nm and 1,195 nm, respectively–than a GTi at both high-speed and long-range power settings. The GTx shares the GTi’s P&WC PT6A-135A engines, which produce 750 shp each (550 flat-rated); the top speed remains unchanged at 270 knots. The GTx modifications will be available for retrofit on older C90s beginning this fall through two separate STCs, according to Hawker Beechcraft.