Singapore Air Show

Royal Flying Doctor Service Orders King Airs

 - February 7, 2018, 3:15 AM
Pictured celebrating the deal for RFDS to purchase two additional King Airs are, L to R: Jessica Pruss, president, Asia Pacific sales and marketing, Textron Aviation; David Carlton, general manager aviation and strategic development, RFDS (SE Section); Scott Ernest, president and CEO, Textron Aviation; Kate Hamilton, regional sales director, Textron Aviation.

Australia's Royal Flying Doctor Service (South Eastern Section) has placed an order at the Singapore Airshow for two modified cargo Beechcraft King Air 350 aircraft. Both are set for delivery in the third quarter of 2018.

The RFDS currently operates more than 35 Textron Aviation aircraft, including 18 King Air turboprops in the South Eastern Section.

The aircraft will be delivered with an 11-passenger high-density seating configuration, but they can be reconfigured for use as air ambulances.

An added cargo door allows for easier patient loading and offloading, while the landing gear is also being modified to support higher maximum takeoff weights. They will be able to operate with full fuel and a maximum payload of more than 1,100kg over ranges of 2,500 km (1,350 nautical miles).