US general aviation company Beechcraft announced on 17 November that it has developed a new nose option for its King Air 350 family of aircraft.
The new nose can be utilised for additional cargo space for civilian operators, oxygen bottles, and medical equipment for air ambulance operations, or cameras and sensor systems for airborne surveillance and special mission aircraft.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified nose adds an additional capacity of 12 ft³ for up to 250 lb (113.4 kg) in additional payload.
“This modification is a response to customer interest in optimising the flexibility of our King Air 350 platform and increasing loading configurations,” said Bob Gibbs, vice president, Defence & Special Missions Sales.
According to a Beechcraft spokesperson, the new modification has already been delivered to one customer, with interest from the United States and international customers.
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