The King Air 200 is a twin turboprop aircraft manufactured by Beechcraft (Textron). Its first flight was in October 1972 and is considered to be one of the longest running and oldest turboprops on the market. Originally called the, “Super King Air“, which was removed in 1996. The 200 is an upgrade from the 90 and 100 models.
In 1981, Beechcraft introduced the improved and upgraded model called the B200. These upgrades included improvements to the layout of the cockpit, along with increased maximum pressurization in the cabin to 6.5 psi (450 hPa).
With production of the King Air family of 200 and 300 models commencing in 1974. For its class, they are two of the longest production run civilian turboprops available for purchase.
B200 (Year: 1995)
B200 (Year: 2002)
B200 (Year: 1985)
B200C (Year: 1988)
The B200 is equipped with two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-42 turboprop engines, and is said to be one of the easiest to maintain in general aviation. This might be why it’s also available on other Beechcraft turboprop models / variants such as the 200 & the C12F.
In a standard configuration, this aircraft can seat up to 7 passengers and 2 crew. It has a maximum cruise speed of Mach 0.46. Its maximum range is approximately 1,700 nautical miles at maximum altitude (35,000 ft) and a max payload of approx 2,170 lbs.
The B200 also has a maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) of 12,500 lbs along with a maximum landing weight of the exact same weight / capacity. Additionally, this aircraft is capable of using short runways with takeoff distance of 2,111 ft (643 m) and landing distance of 2,845 ft (867 m).
In 1994, the B200 underwent more improvements by introducing a standard 4 blade propeller and a cabin noise reduction system. As a result, the engineers of the aircraft have been able to reduce the cabin noise by a noticeable degree. The cabin interior measures approximately 4’9″ in height, 4’6″ in width and 16’8″ in length. Plus, the baggage capacity, which is located in the aft of the cabin, is approximately 55 ft³.
From 1995 to 2008, Beechcraft has made many improvements to the B200. Some of those improvements, include upgrades to the avionics with the electronic flight instrument system (EFIS) in 1995. Along with the addition of the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite in 2003.
- The B200 has a similar fuselage as the B100. Some of the major differences from the B100 are its engines and wingspan.
- Textron recently updated the King Air to the 260 around December 2020. Deliveries are expected sometime in the 3rd quarter of this year (2021).
*These are general specifications of the above mentioned aircraft. Please see each listing for details on their individual specifications, layout and performance.