The fact that Beechcraft twin engine aircraft are named after royalty should surprise no one. These machines are solidly built and carry an air of sophistication and reliability about them. In this King Air Review we’ll share why it is one of our favorite charter aircraft.
The King Air stands out as one of the most used corporate and personal travel aircraft in existence. It has been around since 1964, the year that the Beatles topped the American charts with “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” but much like Paul McCartney, it has aged well. It has also kept up with the times through frequent upgrades and improvements, while retaining its cutting edge technology and aesthetic appeal.
It is appropriate and logical that the King air was born out of the Queen Air – a piston engined corporate twin. It can also trace its lineage to the Twin Bonanza. Both of its forebears were unpressurized and powered by reciprocating engines. The King Air made the leap to the comfort of pressurized and turboprop powered flight.
For a short time in the mid-1960s, the King Air even served as Air Force One. It was used to fly President Johnson to and from his ranch in Texas.
It is a twin engined, turbo prop powered pressurized comfort barge that has more capability than many light jets but can almost match them in speed and altitude. You will likely never meet a King Air pilot who doesn’t love the aircraft and it is …