October 8, 2020
Our Guide to the Beechcraft King Air 350i
A Twin Turboprop Plane That Offers Flexibility and Comfort
The Beechcraft King Air 350i is an attractive twin turboprop plane that business executives will enjoy traveling in because of its nicely-appointed cabin - despite its diminutive size - and comfortable feel in the air. It’s so jet-like that even your pilot might forget they’re flying a 350i!
The King Air 350i is part of the Beechcraft Super King Air family, which has been in continuous production since 1974, the longest run of any civilian turboprop plane in its class. The King Air 350i joined the lineup in October 2008 with some important improvements over earlier models in the series.
The 350i features two additional cabin windows on each side of the forward-facing fuselage, unlike its predecessor, and added winglets. It offers optimal performance as a turboprop and can take off from short runways with ease without compromising its payload.
As of August 2020, 7,600 planes in the King Air series had been delivered to new owners worldwide; the 350i model makes up 435 of them.
Beechcraft King Air 350i Specifications
The 350i is powered by two Pratt and Whitney PT6A-60A engines, making it a capable flyer with reasonably good payload and speed for its size.
Refer to the table below for more specifications.
King Air 350i Range
King Air 350i Distances
King Air 350i Performance
Climb Rate One Engine Inoperable: 552 fpm
Speed: 312 kts
King Air 350i Operating Weights
Max Landing Weight: 15000 Lb
Operating Weight: 10000 Lb
Fuel Capacity: 3611 Lb
Maximum Payload: 2500 Lb
Cabin Features of a Twin Turboprop Plane
The Beechcraft King Air 350i has a cozy, but one of the most capable cabins in its category. Its Flexcabin system can be reconfigured exactly how you want it, and the Venue Cabin Management System and wi-fi helps business travelers accomplish plenty while in the air.
The cabin interior is 19.5 feet long, but only 4.5 feet wide and 4 feet, 9 inches tall. Very few business travelers will be able to walk perfectly upright in the cabin, but that is made up for with heated seats, pull-out tables, advanced noise cancellation, large windows, and standard power outlets for charging laptops, tablets, and smartphones. There’s also a small galley and private lavatory and a 71-cubic-foot baggage compartment. Common configurations seat eight passengers in club-style seating, although it is possible to seat 11.
Private plane shoppers looking for something truly unique can purchase the King Air 350i King Ranch special edition, which includes a rustic-themed exterior and interior and complementary accessories, much like Ford Motor Company’s Ford F-150 King Ranch trimline. The design is reflective of just how rugged the King Air line of aircraft has proven to be. White pearlescent paint with caramel and black stripes adorns the exterior, and inside, dark brown leather seats, wood grain and croc-embossed leather sidewalls and wood grain cabinetry match the aesthetic of what you’ve come to expect of agricultural giant King Ranch.
Inside the Cockpit of the Beechcraft King Air 350i
The King Air 350i is single-pilot certified, but can seat two in the cockpit. It is equipped with the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite, the same found in many midsize and light jets for sale. An up-to-date flat glass panel but traditional toggle switches combines new and older technology, but the avionics and size of the airplane make you forget you’re flying a twin turboprop.
The avionics system includes:
Dual flat-screen primary flight displays
Central multifunction display
File server to show weather and charts
Flight management system for navigation
Automatic flight control mode
Pilots unfamiliar with the King Air 350i should expect lots of redundancies. The main electrical bus is fed by both generators and the battery. Nonessential loads are automatically shed if you lose a generator. The fuel transfer system from tank to tank and to the engines is automatic and doesn’t require pilot intervention.
An all-electronic standby display in the middle of the panel shows heading, airspeed, attitude, altitude, and nav guidance, separately from the primary air data computers or attitude-heading reference systems.
The dual wheel main gear is designed to withstand and conquer rough runways and emits heat to melt frozen areas on the ground. The plane feels solid while taxiing and is stable in the air to fly. The large propellers easily slow the plane to prepare for approach.
Additional Benefits of Flying in the Beechcraft King Air 350i
There are numerous aftermarket modifications and upgrades available for the 350i, including an electro-hydraulic landing gear system, flotation gear doors, quiet turbofan propellers, ram air recovery system, and more. The entire nose of the plane can be reworked to house a baggage compartment in addition to its avionics equipment.
Pilots and government officials in 105 countries choose the King Air series because of how flexible they are and that they provide a fair amount of luxury and comfort in a small package and affordable price point.
Beechcraft King Air 350i Ownership and Operational Costs
Your company will want to plan an annual budget of about half a million dollars if intending to operate the King Air 350i up to 200 hours per year. For 400 flying hours per year, plan for about $826,000. Of these costs, your annual fixed budget should sit somewhere around $350,000.
A brand-new Beechcraft King Air 350i will cost you about $8 million. If you buy a used plane, you can expect asking prices in the range of $2.5 million to $4.5 million, depending on the age of the private jet and its number of cycles and maintenance.
Finding Beechcraft King Air 350i Planes for Sale Near You
To locate the Beechcraft jet that will best suit your business needs and budget, contact an International Aircraft Dealers Association Accredited Aircraft Dealer. Accredited dealers and brokers promise efficient and ethical business transactions as they represent you and your interests. These reputable dealers offer their extensive private aviation industry experience and connections to aviation service providers that only relationships spanning decades can provide. You won’t regret placing an immense amount of trust in them.