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Aircraft Operations

Beechcraft King Air 350CER

NOAA King Air 350 CER prepares for takeoff

NOAA's Beechcraft King Air 350CER (N68RF) prepares for takeoff at MacDill AFB in Tampa, Florida.

NOAA’s Beechcraft King Air 350CER, is a versatile, twin-engine, extended-range turboprop aircraft. It primarily supports coastal mapping and emergency response missions.

Equipped with the latest aircraft technology, this King Air Special Mission aircraft’s main feature is the two large, downward-facing sensor ports that can support a wide variety of remote sensing systems, including digital cameras, multispectral and hyperspectral sensors, and topographic and bathymetric LIDAR systems. Other aircraft features include a cargo door, bubble windows, two window blanks, and additional mission power.

Normal aircraft configuration includes seating for two pilots, a sensor operator, and 1-2 additional crew members, depending on the amount of sensor equipment installed. With extended range capabilities, this aircraft can collect critical information while remaining airborne for 7 to 8 hours depending on fuel and payload. The dual-sensor port modification allows simultaneous data collection from multiple sensors, enhancing sensor capabilities. Optical grade glass plates in the sensor ports allow the cabin to remain pressurized; the optical plates can be removed and the aircraft operated unpressurized.

NOAA's King Air primarily supports the National Geodetic Survey's Remote Sensing Division.


Standard Aircraft Specifications


King Air 350, BE300CER


2 Pilots, 1 Photographer, 1-2 Additional Mission Crewmembers


35,000 ft (pressurized)

Rate of Climb

2400 fpm at sea level (max takeoff weight, ISA conditions)

Maximum Operating Airspeed

Sea Level to 24,000 ft – 245 KIAS
24,000 ft to 35,000 ft  – 245 to 192 (.58 MACH) KIAS

Scientific Power

Maximum mission bus load: 250 Amps @ 115 VAC / 28 VDC

Aircraft Modifications

Dual sensor ports with optical glass pressure plates and electronically operated FOD doors, cargo door, convex observer windows

Maximum Gross Weight

Takeoff: 16,500 lbs
Landing: 15,675 lbs

Basic Empty Weight

10,567 lbs

Useful Load

6033 lbs

Fuel Load

Main Tanks: 2546 lbs
Auxiliary Tanks: 1066 lbs
Extended Range Tanks: 1580 lbs

Standard Fuel Burn

650 lbs/hr total

Wing Span

57 ft 11 in

Total Length

46 ft 8 in

Fuselage Height

9 ft 2 in

Tail Height

14 ft 4 in

Cabin Doors

Airstair Door: 46 in x 20.2 in
Cargo Door: 52 in x 49 in

Cabin Length

24 ft 10 in

Cabin Height

4 ft 9 in

Cabin Width

4 ft 6 in

Useable Volume

303 cu ft

Baggage Area

Maximum weight – 550 lbs

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