Hawker Beechcraft Services facilities are now authorized installation centers for the CenTex Halo 250 gross weight increase modification for the Beechcraft King Air 200. The conversion adds 920 pounds of payload capacity by increasing the mtow of 200-series King Airs to 13,420 pounds from 12,500.
CenTex Aerospace of Waco, Texas, developed the modification and received FAA certification last October.
“This is a much-anticipated mod for many owners eager to have room for more passengers plus baggage with full fuel while also adding new safety systems,” said Christi Tannahill, Beechcraft’s senior vice president for global customer support.
Halo 250 offers a normal-category STC option as well as a commuter-category STC that allows transport of passengers and cargo without the limitations that accompany restricted-category operations. A BE-200 type rating is required to operate converted airplanes in the commuter category.
The modification is compatible with Garmin G1000 and Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics as well as many popular King Air 200 STCs, including Raisbeck modifications, BLR winglets and Blackhawk engine conversions.