Beechcraft King Air C-90 aircraft

This airplane operated by Columbus air-carrier is the lightest all-purpose aircraft all over the world. It is equipped with two turboprop engines PT6A-21 manufactured by Pratt & Whitney Company. The American Company named as Beech Aircraft Corporation (today it is named as Beechcraft Division and included into Hawker Beechcraft Corporation) designed it.

 

Aircraft performance characteristics: 

Maximal range ability

2 400 km

Maximal cruising speed

460km per hour

Minimal speed of horizontal flight

170-190 km per hour

Flight time when conducting aerial imagery

5 hours at most

Maximal flight altitude

9144m

Maximal takeoff weight

4581 kg

  • Minimal runway length:

 

   - for takeoff

800 m

   - for landing

700 m

Average fuel consumption

280 kg per hour

Technical specifications:

  • Aircraft dimension:

   - Length

10,82m

   - Height

4,36m

   - Wing span

15,33m

  • Engines: 

- Manufacturer

Pratt&Whitney Company (Canada)

   - Model

2 Х PT6A-21

Aircraft layout: 

Crew

1-2 persons (One pilot can operate it)

Equipment operator

1 person

  • Cabin:

 

   - Length

3,94m

   - Width

1,37m

   - Height

1,45m

Camera window

1piece (670 x 600 mm)

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The KingAirC90 aircraft is the light all-purpose aircraft equipped with two turboprop engines PT6A-21 manufactured by Pratt & Whitney Company. The American Company named as Beech Aircraft Corporation (today it is named as Beechcraft Division and included into Hawker Beechcraft Corporation) designed it.


Both air-carriers and private persons operate the King Air aircraft in many countries all over the world. Near 40 % of them are aircraft of the King Air C90B model, which is considered as the most successful series.


Performance flight characteristics of the KingAirC90 aircraft are almost the same of those ones of the An-30 (Ан-30) aircraft, which is considered as the best specialized aircraft all over the world.


High performance flight characteristics of the KingAirC90 aircraft make it possible to conduct aerial imagery in the super-productive mode.

 

Basic aircraft advantages:

  • Two engines (make it possible to carry out flights without restriction over any territory)
  • Aviation kerosene is used as consumed fuel (stocks of this fuels are in any airport all over the world for sure in contrast to aviation gasoline)
  • Airtight cabin (make it possible to fly on altitudes over 3,000 m without using of oxygen dispensing equipment)
  • The proper manufacturing plant is permanently in operation (technical support of aircraft operation can be used any time)
  • Aircraft cost
  • One pilot can steer this aircraft.

 

Additional aircraft advantages:

  • If you take into account small mass and short-length runway, which is necessary for operation of this aircraft, then practically all airfields including unpaved ones are accessible for the KingAirC90 aircraft.
  • Aircraft is in no need of special places for its deployment that results in reducing costs charged for hopping when conducting aerial-imagery operations.
  • E-damper of longitude stability and fences additionally mounted under stabilizer in combination with the up-to-date navigation equipment make it possible to keep aircraft along the aerial-imagery route with high accuracy.
  • Relatively low fuel consumption.
  • High maneuverability and thrust/weight ratio.
  • The optimal layout of engines and reliable system of active lowering of noise vibration.
  • Relatively low cost of technical maintenance.

For information: Indices of aerial-imagery conduction for 2011 with using VexcelUCX camera

Total logged flight hours per year.

381.86 flight hours

Relation of logged flight hours of aerial imagery to total logger flight hours

61,21%

Size of aerial-imagery area with resolution of 40 cm

116,542.63 km?

Performance in area units per generalized light hour

934.36 km?/flight hour

Size of aerial-imagery area with resolution of 15 cm

8,814.87 km?

Performance in area units per generalized light hour

80.87 km?/flight hour

 

COM:

Dual Collins VHF-22A (8,33)

EFIS:

Collins EFIS-84

A/P:

Collins APS-65H

RADAR:

Collins WXR-270

STORMSCOPE:

Skywatch Traffic Avoidance

ADF:

Collins ADF-60A

CVR:

Fairchild A100S

DME:

Collins DME-42

NAV:

Dual Collins VIR-32

ALT:

Collins ALT-50A

GPS:

GARMIN 400

TRASPONDERS:

 Dual Collins TDR-94

ELT:

Artex 406

TAWS:

Bendix/King KGP-560

Alerter/Preselector

 

    The first King Air 90 aircraft was the modified variant of the aircraft model called as Beech Queen Air Model 65, which was equipped with РТ6А-6 turboprop engines and manufactured in the beginning of 60th years of the last century. The USA Army operated them either as command center or as all-purpose cargo aircraft. In the beginning 1966 the King Air А90 model equipped with the more powerful РТ6А-20 engines displaced the King Air 90 model. The King Air В90 model, which was undergone minor improvements, was next. In September 1970 the model King Air С90 was put into commissioning. Its wing span and takeoff weight were increased. This aircraft was equipped with the more powerful РТ6А-20A; their conditioning and heating system of cabin was updated. The King Air С90 model was so successful that from 1982 more than 1,300 items of this aircraft were manufactured in various modifications. In many countries all over the world air-carriers and private persons operates this aircraft. Near 40 % of them are aircraft of the King Air C90B model, which is considered as the most successful series.

 

    There are such modifications of King Air С90 model as: С90 - 507 items are manufactured; С90-1 - 54 items are manufactured; С90А – 235 items are manufactured from 1984 to 1992; С90В – the brand of improved series of С90А model of this aircraft was put into commissioning after 1992; 458 items are manufactured; C90GT – 100 items are manufactured from 2005 to 2007; and C90GTi, which manufacturing is in process at present.

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