• Review: Carenado King Air C90B For FS2004

    Beechcraft C90B King Air

    Publisher: Carenado

    Review Author:
    Bill Stack

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    Beechcraft C90B King Air by Carenado

    Image by Carenado

    Beechcraft's C90 King Air is a light, two-engine, turboprop aircraft introduced by Beechcraft in 1971 and produced in several variations since then. It is a member of the King Air family of various twin turboprops that have been in production since 1964 by Beechcraft and then Hawker Beechcraft. This popular family is flown by corporations, charter airlines, private pilots, and governments around the world. The C90 has a heavier maximum gross take-off weight, a longer wingspan, and more powerful engines than its predecessors, and it uses a cabin-pressurization system that was later installed in Super King Air models. Almost 1,000 C90s have been produced in several variations.

    Any aircraft produced in such large numbers for so many years and flown by so many operators around the world is bound to have a long "rap sheet" of crash reports, and this is true of the King Air series. Two recent examples: In April 2012, a C90 owned by Wells Fargo Bank crashed into the Caribbean Sea north of Aruba after the pilot reported fuel starvation. The aircraft sank to the bottom, but the occupants were rescued. In October 2012, an unregistered C90 King Air flying over the Caribbean Sea without a flight plan and being tracked by the Colombian Air Force landed illegally on an airstrip in Honduras where it was unloaded and burned.

    The C90 King Air lies between the Beechcraft Baron 58 and the Beechcraft Super King Air 350 in Microsoft Flight Simulator®. It is heavier and faster than the Baron but not as heavy and fast as the Super King Air.

    Specification Beechcraft C90 King Air
    Occupants Up to 8
    Empty Weight 6,625 LBS
    3,005 KG
    Maximum Take-off Weight 10,100 LBS
    4,581 KG
    Useful Load1 3,475 LBS
    1,576 KG
    Fuel Capacity 384 USG
    1,453 L
    Maximum Operating Speed 226 KTS
    419 KMH
    Ceiling 28,900 FT
    8,815 M
    Range 1,277 NM
    2,365 KM
    Length 36 FT
    11 M
    Wingspan 50 FT
    15 M
    Power [email protected] 550 SHP
    Source: Carenado

    Carenado's C90 King Air

    Carenado's product description identifies this aircraft model as a C90, but its aircraft.cfg file and documents identify it as a C90B. The more significant differences are that the B model has a slightly higher maximum gross take-off weight (10,100 pounds versus 9,650 pounds) and a four-blade propeller versus a three-blade propeller. The primary features of Carenado's C90B King Air include realistic performance, modern glass instruments, working switches and knobs, recorded King Air sounds, and six liveries. The package also includes several reference and instructional documents. It is compatible with FS2004.

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    Screen shots by Bill Stack

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