The Royal Australian Air Force King Air 350 is a versatile aircraft flown in a number of diverse roles and operating environments in support of the Australian Defence Force.
The King Air 350 is a modern twin-engine turboprop with two front seat crew and is capable of carrying up to four back-seat crew or nine passengers.
No 32 Squadron at RAAF Base East Sale, Victoria, operates the King Air 350 as the School of Air Warfare's training aircraft, with the student sitting in the co-pilot’s seat or at specially fitted consoles in the rear of the aircraft. No 32 Squadron King Air 350 aircraft also perform Air Logistics Support tasks.
Students are being trained for a variety of roles including low-level tactical fast-jet operations, maritime patrol and response operations and air battle management. Low-level tactical and maritime training flights are typically conducted 250 to 1000 feet above ground level.
A jump seat may be fitted centrally behind the pilot and co-pilot to allow an instructor to monitor the student and assist the pilot if required.
Students trained on the King Air will graduate as either Air Combat Officers (ACOs) for the RAAF or Maritime Aviation Warfare Officers (AvWOs) for the Royal Australian Navy. Members of the New Zealand Defence Force are also trained at the school, and graduate as Air Warfare Officers for the Royal New Zealand Air Force or Observers in the Royal New Zealand Navy.
No 38 Squadron operates the aircraft in the light transport role with a surveillance platform capability. The aircraft operates throughout the Australian, South East Asia and Pacific regions and has been deployed to East Timor, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.
The King Air 350 is designed to operate between 25,000 and 35,000 feet with a load of up to eight passengers with a range of over 2,000 km. No 38 Squadron continues to provide transport support to the ADF specifically including the Regional Force Surveillance units operating throughout Northern Australia.