Beechcraft King Air C90SE
The AEC King Air is de-ice and radar equipped, and is IFR certified. It is used by the Avionics Engineering Center for research and transportation missions.
- Type: Twin engine, pressurized turboprop
- Year: 1995
- Engines: 2 P&W PT6A-21, 550 Shaft HP/ea.
- Seats: 8 including flight crew
- Dimensions: Wingspan 50'3", Length 56'6", Height 14'3"
- Max takeoff weight: 10,100 lbs.
- Fuel capacity: 384 gallons
- Cruise speed at max cruise power: 243 kts. at 21,000'
- Maximum altitude: 30,000'
- Maximum range: 1,400 nautical miles
- 2 equipment racks: 19" wide, 41" high, 23" deep
- Electrical power available:
- 140A @ 28VDC (power source for rack equipment and inverters)
- 17.4A @ 115VAC, 60Hz (8.7A per rack)
- 5.2A @ 115VAC, 400Hz
- 4.8A @ 26VAC, 400Hz
- Research antennas available:
- Sensor Systems S67-2002 radar altimeter
- Outside air temperature probe
- Sensor Systems S65-5366-7L L-Band (top and bottom of aircraft)
- Comant CI-310-20 L-Band/UHF
- L1/L2 GPS
- Comant CI-490-1 Iridium SatCom/GPS
- ACSS AT-910 TCAS directional
- Additional 5"x9" antenna research pad on bottom of aircraft
- Honeywell HG1150 navigation grade inertial reference unit
The King Air C90 has been used for the following research missions:
- ADSB: Traveled to Alaska and throughout the US to test the next generation air traffic control system.
- Spaceport Range Safety project: Emulated a launch vehicle at the Kennedy Space Center to test new GPS tracking technology.
- Synthetic Vision: Traveled to Alaska to demonstrate the Synthetic Vision display system in the mountainous terrain surrounding the Juneau airport.
- Loran-C: Traveled to Alaska plus up and down the Atlantic seaboard to test new all-in-view Loran receiver technology and GPS/Loran-C antennas.