KA350 King Air

A Royal Australian Air Force KA350 King Air aircraft starts its engines at Vanuatu’s international airport as part of Operation Pacific Assist 15.

The KA350 King Air is a modern twin-engine turboprop aircraft and is based at RAAF Base East Sale.

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 at RAAF Base East Sale.

The KA350 King Air can be configured for a number of specialist roles, including Air Logistic Support, near-region International Engagement, Imagery Acquisition, Base Station Relay, Intelligence Surveillance Targeting Acquisition Reconnaissance and Electronic Warfare.

The KA350 King Air aircraft provides 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.

Air Force has 12 KA350 King Airs and they belong to 32 Squadron – eight of these are the ex-38 Squadron aircraft and the other four are newly manufactured examples leased from Hawker Pacific.

Air Force’s KA350 King Air aircraft regularly supports Operation Solania – a multi-national operation to detect illegal fishing and policing economic exclusion zones in the South Pacific.

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 14.2 m
Height 4.4 m
Wingspan 17.7 m
Weight - basic 6,894 kg / 15,100lbs
Weight - total payload 2000 kg /4600lbs

Engine

Two Pratt and Whitney PT6A-60A turboprops driving 4-blade propellers (1,050 horsepower each)
Thrust 1,050 horsepower each engine
Cruise speed 570 km/h / 295 Kts
Range 3,400 km / 1,800nm
Ceiling 35,000 feet
Capacity Seats up to eight passengers