Textron Aviation today announced a noteworthy upgrade for its
Beechcraft King Air 260 and 360 turboprops with the introduction of
new CoolView® windows to minimize heat transfer into the cabin on
the ramp and offer an unprecedented level of passenger comfort and
cabin cooling. Beginning in early 2024, all new King Air aircraft
will be first in the category to be equipped with CoolView windows
manufactured by Lee Aerospace.
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The introduction of CoolView windows
reflects Textron Aviation's commitment to innovative solutions that
enhance the flying experience for both pilots and passengers.
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The Beechcraft King Air turboprop is designed and manufactured
by Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company.
The introduction of CoolView windows reflects Textron Aviation's
commitment to innovative solutions that enhance the flying
experience for both pilots and passengers. According to Lee
Aerospace’s independent testing, the addition of a thin metallic
inner layer allows the windows to significantly reduce the amount
of infrared light entering the cabin, ensuring a cooler and more
comfortable environment during ramp operations.
“At Textron Aviation, we’re committed to incorporating the
latest technology and customer feedback into our aircraft to
deliver the best customer experience for owners, pilots and
passengers,” said Lannie O’Bannion, senior vice president, Sales
& Flight Operations. “The inclusion of CoolView windows in the
Beechcraft King Air turboprops is a testament to our commitment to
passenger comfort and our responsiveness to their ideas.”
The CoolView windows also feature a frost pane with an
integrated window tint. This advanced design enhances visibility
while reducing unwanted sunlight and glare, creating a pleasant and
visually appealing cabin atmosphere for passengers and crew. The
frost pane also helps reduce or eliminate unwanted ice buildup
during long flights.
Combined with Textron Aviation's standard Electric Air
Conditioning System with Ground Cooling in the King Air 360, the
CoolView windows will help provide customers with a cool and
comfortable cabin environment, even in challenging ramp
The CoolView windows are also now available as an aftermarket
upgrade for Beechcraft King Air turboprops at Textron Aviation
Service Centers or for purchase exclusively from Textron Aviation’s
About the King Air 260 and 360
The King Air 360/360ER and 260 models represent the next
generation of the legendary King Air turboprop family, building on
its reputation of versatility and reliability. The aircraft offer
the latest technological advancements in the cockpit along with
providing additional comfort to the passenger experience.
The King Air 360/360ER turboprop features the addition of the
Innovative Solutions & Support (IS&S) ThrustSense
Autothrottle. The autothrottle supports pilots in their critical
mission of delivering people or cargo by automatically managing
engine power from the takeoff roll through the climb, cruise,
descent, and go-around phases of flight.
Another key addition to the cockpit is a digital pressurization
controller, which automatically schedules cabin pressurization
during both climb and descent, reducing pilot workload and
increasing overall passenger comfort. The aircraft also has a lower
cabin altitude at the aircraft’s certified ceiling of 35,000 feet,
providing greater comfort for passengers, especially during longer
The King Air 360 cabin, meanwhile, offers a stunning look with
craftsman-built cabinetry, partitions and side ledges, and
high-quality finishes, along with a selection of six interior
schemes. Other amenities that come standard on the King Air lineup
include pull-out work tables, power outlets, USB charging stations
and a private aft lavatory.
The King Air 260 is also equipped with the IS&S ThrustSense
Autothrottle system, as well as digital cabin pressurization. The
aircraft now also features the Collins Multi-Scan RTA-4112 weather
radar, providing pilots with a fully automatic system that is
optimized to detect short, mid and long-range weather.
King Air leadership
More than 7,700 Beechcraft King Air turboprops have been
delivered to customers around the world since 1964, making it the
best-selling business turboprop family in the world. The worldwide
fleet has surpassed 64 million flight hours in its 58 years,
serving roles in all branches of the U.S. military and flying both
commercial and special mission roles around the world.
About Textron Aviation
We inspire the journey of flight. For more than 95 years,
Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. company, has empowered our
collective talent across the Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker brands
to design and deliver the best aviation experience for our
customers. With a range that includes everything from business
jets, turboprops, and high-performance pistons, to special mission,
military trainer and defense products, Textron Aviation has the
most versatile and comprehensive aviation product portfolio in the
world and a workforce that has produced more than half of all
general aviation aircraft worldwide. Customers in more than 170
countries rely on our legendary performance, reliability and
versatility, along with our trusted global customer service
network, for affordable and flexible flight.
For more information, visit www.txtav.com |
www.defense.txtav.com | www.scorpionjet.com.
About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its
global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance
businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and
services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands
such as Bell, Cessna, Beechcraft, Pipistrel, Jacobsen, Kautex,
Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Arctic Cat, Textron Systems, and TRU Simulation +
Training. For more information, visit: www.textron.com
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