Website Options

Options below affect the visual display. Choices are stored using browser cookies.

  • The low bandwidth option causes most images to disappear and stops external fonts from loading.

  • The underlined links option causes all website links to become underlined, making them easier to distinguish.

  • The high contrast option causes colors to change to mostly black and white.

Utility Navigation

Aircraft Operations

Beechcraft King Air 350CER

NOAA King Air 350 CER prepares for takeoff

NOAA's Beechcraft King Air 350CER N68RF prepares for takeoff.

NOAA’s two Beechcraft King Air 350 CERs are versatile, twin-engine, extended-range turboprop aircraft. They primarily support coastal mapping, snow and soil moisture surveys, and emergency response missions.

These aircraft feature two large downward-facing sensor ports that can support a wide variety of remote sensing systems, including digital cameras, multispectral and hyperspectral sensors, topographic and bathymetric LIDAR systems, and gamma radiation detectors. Other aircraft features include a cargo door on both N67RF and N68RF and bubble observation windows on N68RF.

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, if required for science.




Standard Aircraft Specifications


King Air 350 CER


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

You are here:
Reviewed: December 21, 2020. Contact us with page issues.

"Access controlled" content.