Flashback: Beech Super King Air 300 Bows in at $2.34M

 - January 6, 2022, 10:31 AM
Aviation International News 3/1/1984, cover

With AIN Media Group's Aviation International News and its predecessor Aviation Convention News celebrating the company's 50th year of continuous publication this year, AIN’s editorial staff is going back through the archives each month to bring readers some interesting events that were covered over the past half-century.

REWIND (JANUARY 1984): With surprisingly little fanfare Beech Aircraft has certified the airplane destined to become the new flagship of the company’s corporate turboprop product line and is gearing up for its first deliveries in April.

The Super King Air 300—a higher-performing, heavier, more powerful, and more expensive follow-on to the company’s highly successful Model 200 Super King Air—received its type certificate quietly on January 24 in Wichita. The TC was an amendment to the certificates awarded to the Model 200 in 1973 and 1980.

Because of its 14,000-pound max gross weight, the Super 300 was required to meet the airworthiness regulations of SFAR 41C.

FAST-FORWARD: Despite the airframer’s ownership undergoing several changes over the years, the King Air 300-series has remained in production to this day as the top of the Beechcraft line. The latest version, the 360/360ER, received FAA certification in October 2020.