Textron Aviation—which has a wide presence at this year’s EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis.—took the opportunity to announce FAA certification of its Pro Line Fusion-equipped Beechcraft King Air 250 model on July 20, the opening day of the show. The upgraded King Air, which is making its North American debut at Oshkosh, features Rockwell Collins Fusion avionics and fresh cabin enhancements.
Certification of similarly upgraded versions of the King Air 350 and C90Tx are expected to receive certification in the fourth quarter of this year and the first half of 2016, respectively.
Textron also announced that its McCauley Propeller Systems division was selected to supply propellers for the single-turboprop Cessna Grand Caravan EX, the Beechcraft Baron piston twin and Cessna’s composite-airframe TTx piston single.
At AirVenture, Textron has several aircraft on display, including the Pro Line Fusion-equipped King Air 250, Cessna TTx, and Cessna Citation M2 light jet. The latter should also appeal to pilots anticipating transitioning to jet aircraft from propeller-driven models, with Textron hosting a series of forums on the subject conducted by members of the Citation Jet Pilots Association.
“EAA AirVenture represents a unique forum for us to not only to showcase our leading product lineup,” said Textron Aviation senior v-p of sales and marketing Kriya Shortt, “but also to harness that enthusiasm and engage attendees on a wide range of topics, from the young pilot learning to fly in a Skyhawk to the seasoned aviator contemplating the transition into jet ownership.”