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King Air 350 Takeoff From Eagle County Regional Airport

EGE departure procedure

Gypsum Four Departure Eagle County Regional Airport

A Beechcraft King Air 350 takeoff on runway 25 at Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE), Colorado. Also known as the Eagle/Vail airport it’s ranked number eight on the History Channel’s show Most Extreme Airports. The factors that placed Eagle on this list are a higher elevation of 6,540 feet, steeply rising mountainous terrain on all sides, downhill sloping runway, unpredictable weather and challenging approach and departure procedures. All of these factors make Eagle a very challenging airport for both experienced and novice aviators. On a cold clear day Eagle is a joy to fly into, the sweeping mountain vistas are breathtaking. Unfortunately, add a little weather or loose an engine on a hot day and this airport is suddenly not the fun lunch stop you planned on. Due to the mountains the approaches have what at first seem like fairly high minimums of 3 miles and 1,790 feet. But don’t forget if a snow squall suddenly blooms over the mountain, the runway can disappear in an instant. Ask yourself what if I lose an engine after doing a missed approach or on the departure procedure. Can my aircraft maintain the required 13% climb gradient required to climb to a safe altitude. Mountain flying can be greatly rewarding, just be sure you check your aircraft’s single engine climb performance or get some instruction in mountain flying before flying into your first mountain airport.

Beechcraft King Air 350 Cockpit View of Night Landing

The cockpit view of a King Air 350 Night landing and flight over south St. Louis. Half way through the video we pass over a house fire. In the cockpit you can see the night lighting of the instrument panel and in the center of the panel is a Garmin GNS 530W combined GPS,Nav, Comm integrated avionics unit . The Garmin is great for situational awareness. It gives the pilot a map view with his course and weather super imposed on top as well as your normal navigation and communications functions

Hawker Beechcraft Super King Air 350 Landing at Eagle Colorado

A Beechcraft Super King Air 350 lands on runway 25 at the Eagle County Regional airport west of Vail Colorado. Located in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Eagle airport often makes top ten lists of extreme or dangerous airports. This is due to its high elevation, mountainous terrain and unpredictable weather. The approach to runway 25 at Eagle starts at the Kremmling VOR (RLG) 30 miles to the north east. This routing takes aircraft over rugged mountainous terrain that on pretty days can be one of North America’s prettiest areas to fly in. Unfortunately when the weather turns bad it can also be an area which needs to be approached with the greatest of respect. Mountain flying can be rewarding but, treacherous for the unsuspecting aviator. At an elevation of 6,540 feet, Eagle is one of the highest airports in the US and aircraft performance needs to be looked at closely before going. In addition, at the height of the sky season, the FAA imposes a slot system for arriving and departing private aircraft to better facilitate traffic flow. In this video we are flying into Eagle/vail just after the first snow fall of the season.

the Beechcraft Super King Air 350

The Beechcraft Super King Air 350 is a commuter category part 23 certified twin turboprop capable of carrying 8 to 12 passengers comfortably.  The aft portion of the cabin has an enclosed potty and a baggage area capable of handling 550 lbs of bags. It cruises at 310 kts and has a range of 1,700 nm. This capable twin has a max takeoff weight of 15,000 lbs which means that unlike the king air 200 a 350 captain must be type rated in the aircraft. With a nine passenger seat configuration you can carry nine passengers and a full load of fuel. At max takeoff weight, at sea level, on a 30o C day, with flaps  up, bleed air open and air-conditioning on the takeoff distance is 5,015 ft. Under the same conditions with the flaps at approach the takeoff distance is 4,187 ft.

King Air 350 Limitations, Specs, and Study Guide

Engines                                                                                   PT6A-60A
Engine shaft horsepower                                                        1050 SHP
N1 compressor
Max T.O./Continuous/Transient                                                 104%
Min idle                                                                                        62%
N2 propeller
Min idle                                                                                   1050 rpm
Max T.O./Climb/Cruise/Continuous                                       1700 rpm
Transient                                                                                1735 (7 min)
Transient                                                                                1870 (20 sec)
Max revers                                                                              1650
Max Start                                                                               1000oC  (5 sec)
Max Idle                                                                                   750oC
Max TO, continuous, cruise                                                    820oC
Max climb                                                                                785oC
Transient                                                                                  8500C  (20 sec)
Max                                                                                        100%
Transient                                                                               102% (7 min)
Transient                                                                               156% (20 sec)
Oil pressure
Min Idle                                                                                    60 psi
Min TO/Climb/Cruise/Cont                                                     90 psi
Max                                                                                       135 psi
Transient                                                                               200 psi
Oil temp 
Min start                                                                                 -40oC
Max Take off/continuous/transient                                     0-110oC
99-110oC limited to 10 minutes

Total oil each engine                                                   14 quarts/3.5 gallons
Operating range                                                          Max to 4 quarts low on dipstick

Maximum usable fuel                                                  3611 lbs/539 gal
Main fuel system                                                         2546 lbs/380 gal
Auxiliary fuel system                                                   1065 lbs/159 gal
Each main fuel tank system                                       1273 lbs/190 gal
Each Auxiliary tank                                                      533 lbs/79 gal
Max fuel imbalance                                                      300 lbs

Cross feeding only approved for one engine inoperative
Takeoff with less than 265 in each wing or fuel gauges in yellow arc prohibited
Approved fuels                                           Jet A, Jet A-1, Jet B, JP-4, JP-5, JP-8
(Only one standby pump required)
Emergency fuels                                       80 RED, 91/96, 100LL Blue, 100 Green 115/145 Purple
Limitations on the use of Aviation gasoline
150 hours between engine overhauls
Both standby pumps must be operative
Must be able to cross feed above 20,000 ft

Maximum Ramp Weight                                                         15,100 lbs
Maximum Take-off Weight                                                      15,000 lbs
Maximum Landing Weight                                                      15,000 lbs
Maximum Zero Fuel Weight                                                    12,500 lbs
Maximum Baggage compartment Weight                  550 lbs / 510 lbs with fold up seats

Maneuvering Speed VA                                                          184 KIAS
Max flaps Extension/Extended VFE
Approach                                                                                202 KIAS
Full Down                                                                               158 KIAS
Max Landing Gear Operating Speed  VLO
Extension                                                                               184 KIAS
Retraction                                                                              166 KIAS
Max landing Gear Extended VLE                                            184 KIAS
Air Minimum Control Speed VMCA
Flaps Up                                                                                  94 KIAS
Flaps Approach                                                                       93 KIAS
Max Operating Speed VMO
Sea Level to 21,000 feet                                                         263 KIAS
21,000 to 35,000 feet                                                        263-194 KIAS (.58 Mach)
Red Line VMCA                                                                         94 KIAS
White Arc (full flap operating range)                                     81 to 158 KIAS
Wide White Arc (stall speeds)                                              81 to 96 KIAS
81 is VSO stall speed at max wt. flaps down and idle power
96 is VS stall speed at max wt. flaps up and idle power
White Triangle (max speed approach flaps)                            202 KIAS
Blue Line (single engine best rate of climb)                             125 KIAS
Max demonstrated crosswind                                                    20 Kts
VX                                                                                              125 Kts
VY                                                                                              140 kts
VYSE                                                                                           125 Kts
VXSE                                                                                           125 Kts
Intentional one engine inoperative                                             110 kts
Turbulent air penetration speed                                                170 Kts
Max glide                                                                                   135 Kts
Emergency descent                                                                  184 Kts
Minimum Airspeed for sustained icing in flight                          140 Kts
Max airspeed for effective windshield deicing                           226 Kts

External power limits  28-28.4v, 300amps continuous/1000 amps momentarily

sea level to 34,000 ft                                                 100%
Above 34,000 ft                                                           95%
62% to 70% N1                                                           75%
70% to 100% N1                                                        100%

Starter Limits  
30 sec ON, 5 min OFF
30 sec ON, 5 min OFF
30 sec ON, 30 min OFF

Rudder Boost must be operational for all flights

Yaw damp is required above 5,000 ft. If dual strakes are installed yaw damp must be operational above 19,000 ft

Prop speed of 1768 indicates failure of the primary governor. Limit torque to 96% and flight may be continued.

Over speed governor limits speed to 1768 rpm by dumping oil from the prop

Fuel topping governor limits prop to 106% of selected rpm, also limits reverse to 95% n1

Speeds above 1768 rpm indicate primary and over speed governor failure

Auto feather must be operational for takeoff, climb, approach and landing.
Both power levers must be above 90% N1
If torque drops below 17% the other side disarms
If torque drops below 10% the prop feathers

Auto ignition activates at 17% torque

Pneumatic pressure normal operating range 12-20 psi

AC compressor is on the right engine, automatically cuts out if-
Refrigerant pressure too high or low
Ambient temp below 10oC
Right engine below 62% N1

Electric heat – for ground use only
Temperature controller must be in manual heat
Both forward and aft blowers must be on
Electric heat light must out before turning off blowers

Landing gear warning horn activates and the gear handle illuminates red when-
Flaps up or at approach, Power below 85% N1 and gear not down. Can be cancelled
Flaps beyond approach and gear not down. Cannot be cancelled
On the ground with the handle in the up position

Cabin pressure switch –DUMP- dumps cabin with a limit of 13,500 ft cabin altitude

BAT BUS switch – opens a RCCB between the battery bus and the battery (isolates the battery)

Battery switch – closes the battery relay and the battery bus tie to power the triple fed and center busses

BATTERY CHARGE Illuminates at 7.5 amps. Extinguishes at 6 amps

Flight idle low pitch stop – is a mechanically activated hydraulic stop. Set on ground as power climbs above 68-70% N1 and L/R PROP PITCH extinguishes

Ground idle low pitch stop – electrically actuated solenoid set at 10o below the flight idle pitch stop. The right squat switch de-powers the stop at lift off.

If in flight the solenoid receives power for more than 10 seconds PROP GND SOL illuminates – pulling the PROP GOV TEST circuit breaker de-powers the solenoid – the light is inhibited on the ground by the left squat switch.

L/R PROP PITCH – indicates the prop is more than 8o below the flight idle pitch stop

Compressor bleed valve – a pneumatic piston that ports P2.5 Air to prevent compressor stalls

Jet flap – vents P2.5 Air through a variable slot in each hollow strut that connects the accessory section to the compressor this produces a swirl effect for air entering the compressor, to improve low speed compressor characteristics.

Hot battery bus lights– entry way lights, baggage light, emergency lights

10,000 ft  CABIN ALTITUDE illuminates
12,000 ft  CABIN ALT HI illuminates
12,500 ft passenger oxygen mask deploy
13,500 cabin dumb switch limit

L/R FUEL QTY 300 lbs less than 30 minutes remaining at max continuous power

Max cabin pressurization differential 6.6 psi, CABIN DIF HI at 6.9 psi

Aircraft Dimensions
length                                   46’ 8”
Height                                   14’ 4”
Wingspan                            57’ 11”

Battery Bus
Battery relay
Battery bus tie
Ground Comm
Cabin entry lights
Digital clocks
Door lock lights
Instrument emergency lights
Engine Fire extinguisher L/R

Emergency Bus
Pilot ADI
Pilot HIS
Nav 1
Comm 1
glideslope 1
compass 2
marker beacon 1
radio relays