Venerable King Air 200 is refreshed with new engines

 - May 22, 2007, 7:47 AM

The newest version of the 12,500-pound-mtow Beechcraft King Air B200 already boasts Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics, which the smaller 10,000-pound-mtow King Air C90 will get with its latest iteration, the C90GTi. So Hawker Beechcraft is giving the B200 version more power, which incorporates a new, recently certified, derivative turboprop engine from Pratt & Whitney Canada, the PT6A-52. The result will be an engine that holds its 850-shp flat rating to a higher altitude (25,000 feet), giving the B200GT better climb and cruise performance (up to 25 knots faster) under almost all flight scenarios, according to Hawker Beechcraft.

The Wichita, Kansas airframer announced the latest evolution in the King Air 200 series here at EBACE. FAA certification of the B200GT is reportedly on track for the third quarter of this year, with deliveries to follow soon after. Follow-on approvals by EASA and civil authorities in Australia, Brazil, Mexico, India, Argentina and Guatemala are expected by year-end.

Pratt & Whitney derived the PT6-52 engine by mating the turbine section of the 1,050-shp PT6A-60A used on the King Air 350 with the existing gearbox of the PT6A-42 on the King Air B200.