The Beechcraft King Air 350 twin-engined turboprop family is now available with a nose modification that adds an extra 0.34cb m (12cb ft) of volume, for up to 113kg (250lb) of additional payload.
Textron Aviation says it introduced the recently certificated feature following customer interest in “optimizing” the flexibility of the King Air 350 platform, and “equipping the aircraft with additional space for baggage or for special mission applications – and increasing loading configurations”.
The added storage space can be used for equipment such as cameras and other sensors in surveillance configurations, or oxygen bottles and medical equipment for air ambulance missions, says the US airframer.
“The upgrade can be installed on various configurations of the King Air 350, including the 350C cargo and 350ER extended-range variants.”
Textron Aviation has no immediate plan to extend the offering to other members of the King Air family.
It says demand for the 350 modification has been strong, with “several orders” secured to date and “first deliveries now under way”.