KA350 King Air

The KA350 King Air is a modern twin-engine turboprop aircraft and is based at RAAF Base East Sale. Air Force has 12 KA350 King Airs operated by No. 32 Squadron.

The KA350 King Air are used extensively for training of Air Force Mission Aircrew and Navy Aviation Warfare Officers at the Air Mission Training School. The aircraft also provide Air Force with a flexible light passenger and cargo transport capability within Australia, and support fisheries patrol activities in the South East Asia and Pacific regions.

The KA350 King Air can be configured for a number of specialist roles, including:

  • air logistic support 
  • near-region international engagement 
  • Image Acquisition (IA) 
  • Base Station Relay (BSR) 
  • Intelligence Surveillance Targeting Acquisition Reconnaissance Electronic Warfare (ISTAREW).

Specifications

Manufacturer Beechcraft
Role
  • Multi-role light transport 
  • Image Acquisition (IA) 
  • Base Station Relay (BSR) 
  • Intelligence Surveillance Target Acquisition Reconnaissance and Electronic Warfare (ISTAREW) 
  • Mission aircrew training.
Crew Minimum one pilot
Length 14.2m
Height 4.4m
Wingspan 17.7m
Weight
  • 6,894 kg / 15,100lbs (basic) 
  • 2000 kg /4600lbs (total payload)
Engines Two Pratt and Whitney PT6A-60A turboprops driving 4-blade propellers (1,050 horsepower each)
Thrust 1,050 horsepower each engine
Range 3,400km
Ceiling 35,000 feet
Cruise speed 570km/h / 295Kts
Capacity Seats up to eight passengers