CenTex Receives FAA Approval for 14,000# MTWO King Air 200 Conversion

CenTex Aerospace has received FAA approval of a 14,000 pound maximum takeoff weight for Beechcraft King Air 200, A200, and B200 series airplanes with high flotation landing gear.  Centex calls the 1,500 pound increase in maximum takeoff weight conversion the Halo 275.  It includes a 1,000 pound increase in the maximum landing weight and for year models 1993 and after a 500 pound increase in the maximum zero fuel weight. 

Like its sibling the Halo 250, five new safety systems are added as a result of certification in Commuter category.  An engine fire extinguisher, elevator trim warning, over-speed warning, emergency cabin lighting, and an ice mode for the stall warning add functionality that makes the airplane safer to fly.  The new safety systems increases the empty weight by only 80 pounds.  The net payload increase can be equated to eight 170 pound passengers with 60 pounds left over for baggage or an additional 1,420 pounds of cargo or fuel.

According to CenTex, a fully fueled King Air 200 with the Halo 275 conversion can accommodate a pilot plus nine passengers with baggage.  A Halo 275 equipped King Air 200 has a range of 1,900 nautical miles (zero wind + 45 minute reserve) while carrying a pilot and nine passengers.  To fly this far in a standard King Air 200 you would have to leave behind eight of the nine passengers.

CenTex founder and president, Greg Barnes, had this to say about the Halo 275, “The King Air 200 with the stronger and smoother running, high flotation landing gear is a great value.  These airplanes have served in select military fleets for many, many years as an economical special mission platform.  With the Halo 275 conversion, the airplane’s inherent payload capability is unlocked for all operators, which greatly increases the versatility and value of their HFG equipped King Air 200s.”

Centex’s website is www.centex.aero.

Source: Centex Aerospace

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