Beechcraft King Air 350 SP-TPU. 2015 - History
Beechcraft King Air 350 SP-TPU
Beechcraft King Air 350 SP-TPU.
In 2005, the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency started searching for a new aircraft for the measurement and control of navigation devices. The choice fell on the Beechcraft King Air 350 plane. The plane and its equipment cost PLN 35 million. The brand new aircraft was modified by the German company Aerodata AG (Braunschweig) to the control and measurement version. The plane was delivered in 2015 to the Okęcie airport and started service at the end of 2015. The Beechcraft King Air 350 SP-TPU plane, by default, was named Parrot.
The new Parrot - Beechcraft King Air 350 SP-TPU is equipped with technologically advanced measuring devices. The plane will carry out checks on devices and navigation systems at Polish airports: control of ILS systems, radars, aviation communications, lighting systems, and flight procedures. An aerial inspection of navigation systems and devices takes place at least every 12 months, and in the case of devices having a critical impact on the level of air traffic safety, such inspections are performed every 6 months or immediately upon observation of such a need.
The Beechcraft King Air 350 SP-TPU aircraft will replace two L-410 Turbolet aircraft. One of these machines has already been decommissioned. Due to the end of production of this type of aircraft, their service is becoming more and more expensive and time-consuming.
The Beechcraft King Air 350 aircraft has a higher speed than the previously used L-410 Turbolet aircraft, which allows the aircraft to fly faster to the measurement site. The new plane can also operate on a higher altitude, which makes it easier to control the operation of radars. The cooperation of the air control system with modern avionics (Rockwell Collins ProLine 21) of the new Beechcraft King Air 350 aircraft allows for full use of the technical capabilities of the on-board measuring equipment.
Written by Karol Placha Hetman