Video of a Beechcraft King Air 350 landing at the Des Moines International Airport (DSM). Included in the video are up close views of the cockpit with views of both the pilot and copilot sub panels, the fuel panel, and the throttle quadrant. The BE350 is a pressurized cabin class twin turboprop. It can land at 95 % of US airports and can carry 8 to 11 passengers and up to 550 pounds of luggage in its large cargo area. It cruises at 360 mph, has a 1,800 mile range, and It’s max service ceiling is 35,000 ft. It can be flown single pilot if the pilot has a single pilot 350 type or as a crew. The 350 is a joy to fly and a heavy lifter for its size. This is one airplane that you can fill all the seats and top the fuel tanks with weight to spare. The basic operating weight of this aircraft is 9,580 lbs, max fuel is 3,611 lbs and Max ramp weight is 15,100 lbs. That leaves an available payload of 1,909 lbs.
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.