King Air B200
Who flys the King Air B200
Used as an advanced, multi-engine pilot trainer by No 45(R) Squadron.
- 45 (Reserve) Squadron
RAF College Cranwell
The Beech King Air B200 is a twin-engine turboprop monoplane, which first entered RAF service in 2004. It is used as an advanced, multi-engine pilot trainer by No 45(R) Squadron, which is part of No 3 Flying Training School based at RAF Cranwell.
The King Air course is split into basic and advanced phases. In the basic phase, students learn essential multi-engine techniques such as general handling, asymmetric flying, emergency handling and radio-aids navigation, and consolidate the multi-crew skills acquired on the Multi-Engine Lead-In course. In the advanced phase, the emphasis shifts towards developing captaincy, crew resource management, and managing the King Air’s advanced avionics systems. Students learn advanced skills such as formation flying, low-level flying and airways navigation, and are expected to plan and manage composite missions involving several aircraft. On completion of the course students are awarded their coveted pilots’ wings, and then undertake conversion to their front-line aircraft type at an Operational Conversion Unit.
A variety of courses are available using the King Air, based mainly on the student’s previous flying experience. This experience can be as little as 100 hours for a student arriving straight from elementary flying training, to a few thousand hours for a qualified pilot transferring to the multi-engine role. In addition to its flying training role, the King Air can be used to carry up to 6 passengers or freight.
The King Air B200 has performed extremely well and has proved popular with students and instructors alike. Its combination of a well-proven airframe with advanced cockpit and systems make it an ideal training platform for the new generation of multi-engine aircraft entering RAF service.
Twin-engined low wing monoplane. The engines protrude well forward of the wing leading edge(1) and house the main undercarriage wheels. The mainplanes are straight, with no sweep (2). Mounted at the tip of the tail is a slightly-swept tailplane(3). The fuselage cabin is square when viewed from the front (4).