round-trip flight in the Beechcraft King Air 350 from
Denver, Colorado's Centennial Airport to the highest
commercial airport in North America, Telluride Regional.
Take a round-trip flight in the
Beechcraft King Air 350 from Denver, Colorado's Centennial Airport to the
highest commercial airport in North America, Telluride Regional.
You watch and listen as our
pilot starts the 350, the largest King Air in the Beechcraft family.
Once both 1050 HP turbine engines are up and running, our pilot receives and
reads back his clearance and the flight plan is entered into the flight
management computer. We are then cleared to taxi to the active runway where our
pilot goes through the before takeoff checklist. After all system checks have
been completed, we are cleared for takeoff.
On climb out from Denver, we
are assigned several altitudes before being cleared to our final cruising
altitude of 28,000 feet. At cruise, views of the majestic Rocky Mountains from
the flight deck are spectacular. It's a good time to take in the view and listen
to the activity around you on air traffic control. Once cleared for the approach,
we descend to our approach fix and the pilot announces his landing intentions on
the Telluride unicom frequency.
At an elevation of 9078 feet
above sea level, and located in a box canyon, the approach into Telluride is one
to remember. On final approach you are amazed by the location of the runway as
it sits on a mesa 1000 feet above the valley and river below. Because of the
extreme drop off on both ends of the runway, local pilots have described it as
comparable to landing on an aircraft carrier.
After our pilot completes the
engine shut down, you are treated to some of the local traffic and scenery at
On the return trip to
Centennial, you observe once again as our pilot gets the King Air up and running.
Telluride Regional is a busy non-tower controlled airport, and with only one way
in and one way out of the canyon, proper coordination among pilots during
arrival and departure is most vital. As we leave Telluride Regional and we pass
a Citation Jet in the canyon, you will value the importance of proper
communication between pilots. On approach to our home base we are asked to keep
our speed up for spacing as we land at one of the busiest general aviation
airports in the country: Centennial Airport .
KING AIR 350
The Beech King Air 350 is a
twin turboprop eleven-passenger business aircraft that first flew in 1988. There
are currently over 400 King Air 350 aircraft in operation today.
The Beech King Air product line
has been in continuous production since 1964 and more than 6,000 aircraft have
been sold for corporate, commercial and special mission operations. Besides the
King Air 350, the current production versions include the King Air B200 and the
C90B. The B200 transport and utility aircraft is shorter than the 350, and the
C90B is the entry level variant with seating for four passengers and a range of
The King Air 350 has a
comfortable "squared-oval" pressurized cabin. The roomy
air-conditioned cabin is fitted with double club style seats for eight
passengers plus up to three single seats. An Ultra Electronics, Ultra Quiet
active noise control system, reduces the in-flight noise to under 80 dB in the
passenger cabin. The active Ultra Quiet system acoustically cancels propeller
noise in the cabin by introducing sound waves using 12 speakers and up to 24
microphones to broadcast "anti-noise" that attenuates the unwanted
The King Air 350 has two Pratt
& Whitney PT6A-60A reverse flow free turbine engines, each rated at 1,050
shaft horsepower. The Hartzell propellers are four-bladed, 104 inch aluminum
alloy automatic feathering reversible-pitch propellers.
|This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 08 May, 2008.