In January 1964 the first Beechcraft 65-90 took to the air. Based on the piston-engined Model 65 Queen Air, the -90 featured the then-new Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A turboprop powerplants in place of the earlier 65’s Lycoming flat-six piston engines. A pressurized model was developed, and was designated the King Air 90. Many variants followed, including the stretched King Air 100, and the further-stretched Super King Air 200 which was certificated in 1973. The Super King Air 200 had a greater wingspan, increased operating weights, increased fuel capacity, and also introduced the venerable T-tail now seen on all larger King Air models. In May 1980, the model B200, which featured the PT6A-42 engine and a bleed air sytem which increased cabin pressurization to 6.5 psi, went into production and remained an offering through 2007 with over 2000 aircraft manufactured.
The King Air B200 is powered by a pair of Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-42 turboprop engines flat-rated at 850shp to ISA + 26C, each driving a McCauley four-bladed, full-feathering, reversible, constant-speed propeller. Engine inspection interval is 3,600 hours.
The King Air B200 instrument panel includes the two-tube Collins EFIS-84, with the attitude display positioned above the nav display, and Collins APS-65H, or the optional five-inch EFIS-85 and WXR-840 weather radar, and EFS 74 nav display for the copilot’s panel, dual Collins Pro Line II comm/nav/ident radios with DME and dual glideslope, and Collins WXR-840 color weather radar.
The King Air B200 is a pressurized, twin-engine turboprop business aircraft configured as a cantilever low-wing monoplane with a T-tail and aft ventral fin. It has retractable tricycle landing gear with dual wheels on each unit. An airstair door is located aft of the wing on the port side of the fuselage. The 200 series King Air has the same fuselage as its predecessor the B100 but its longer wings, engines and many of its systems are new. To counter many operators’ complaints, Raytheon engineers have taken measures to significantly reduce cabin noise levels in later model B200’s, from 1993 on, by utilizing smaller diameter four-bladed props with lower tip speeds. In addition, thirty-two tuned dynamic vibration absorbers mounted at strategic points throughout the airframe have reduced sound levels by as much as 5.4 dB in the center of the cabin and 15.8 dB in the cockpit.
Standard configuration of the King Air B200 is for eight passengers in an arrangement with a club plus four individual seats. A ten-passenger configuration is available in which a two-place divan is located aft of the copilot seat, a single seat is behind the pilot’s position, a four-seat club is aft of those seats, and a lavatory seat and two fold-down seats occupy the aft cabin area. A large baggage area is located in the aft cabin area. Cabin dimensions are 4.8ft.high, 4.5ft. wide and 16.7ft. in length.
|General||King Air B200, BE-200|
|Category||Multiengine Turboprop < 12,500 lbs.|
|Years Aircraft Manufactured||1981 – 2007|
|Serial Number Range||0734-1998|
|Retail High Price||$3,400,000.00 / 2,667,980.00€|
|Retail Low Price||$649,000.00 / 509,270.30€|
|Characteristics||King Air B200, BE-200|
|External Dimensions (ft)||King Air B200, BE-200|
|Internal Dimensions (ft)||King Air B200, BE-200|
|Internal Length (Overall/Net Height)||16.7/16.7|
|Internal Width (Max/Floor)||4.5/4.1|
|Baggage||King Air B200, BE-200|
|Power||King Air B200, BE-200|
|Engines||2 P&WC PT6A-42|
|Output (lbs ea.)/Flat Rating||850shp/ISA+26|
|Data based on latest manufactured year|