Hawker Beechcraft Gets Approvals for King Air 350i
Hawker Beechcraft announced only yesterday that it received FAA and EASA type certification for the latest King Air variant more than a month ago. Equipped with a new passenger interior styled after that of the company’s Premier 1A, the 350i is now the quietest of all King Airs, according to the airframer, with cabin sound levels reduced to an average of 78 dBA by extensive soundproofing. It is also the first business aircraft to use the Rockwell Collins Venue cabin management system, which supports multiple personal entertainment electronics such as laptop computers, DVD/Blu-ray players, iPods, gaming consoles and future HDMI devices. The turboprop twin also features Beechcraft’s new FlexCabin functionality, which allows users to remove or change the seating configurations easily. Among the 350i’s options is a vanity in the aft lavatory area with running water and automatic LED lighting, located next to the in-flight-accessible baggage area. The 350i was unveiled at the 2008 NBAA Convention, and the aircraft made its first flight in September. Deliveries began last month, following FAA approval on December 10 and EASA certification a week later.