Review: Beechcraft King Air B200 HD Series
By Raymond Andersen
The Beechcraft B200 King Air is a fixed wing, twin turboprop civilian and military utility aircraft that fits 1-2 pilots and has the capacity to transport up to 13 passengers for a distance of up to 1800 nm. The B200 King Air is part of the Beechcraft King Air family that covers the model 90 series, 100 series, 200 series and the 300 series. Originally the 200 and the 300 series were marketed as the "Super" King Air family, but the "Super" was dropped back in 1996.
Beech Aircraft Corporation (today Beechcraft Division of Hawker Beechcraft) started production of the B200 back in 1972 for the US military and in 1974 they began the production of the civilian version which has been in continuous production ever since and is now the aircraft in its class that has the longest production run of any civilian aircraft.
- Produced by Beechcraft
- First flight October 27th 1972
- Introduction 1972 (civilian 1974)
- Role: utility aircraft
- Status: active
- Built: 3550+
- Unit costs: US$ 5.24-7.57 million (2009)
- Primary users:
- U.S. Armed Forces
- RFDS Australia
I received this add-on directly from Carenado and the download went as usual very quickly and completely without any issues. The connection to the Carenado download server is super so the download time was very short.
The installation also went as expected - very easy and quick by using the very user friendly installation wizard. By activating the installation wizard the complete installation was carried out automatically.
After the installation was finished I opened my FSX folders to verify if the installation wizard had installed the files as I wanted it to. In this case the files were installed perfectly.
Hereafter I opened up my FSX to check my virtual hangar and to see if the aircraft were also correctly placed in here - I found the King Air together with other add-ons that I have from Carenado so everything was installed perfectly.
I quickly discovered that with this model from Carenado you also get additional liveries which I think is superb - you have several civilian versions together with one military version from the Swedish Air Force. Very nice detail indeed.
When you purchase this add-on from Carenado you both get an FSX version but also a Prepar3D version. This you get free of charge and I find that to be really superb customer service. However in this review I will only describe the FSX version.