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NOAA’s newest aircraft, the Hawker Beechcraft King Air 350CER, is a versatile, twin-engine, extended range, turbo-prop aircraft.  Equipped with the latest aircraft technology, this King Air Special Mission aircraft’s main feature is the two large, downward-facing sensor ports that can support a wide variety of remote sensing systems, including digital cameras, multispectral and hyperspectral sensors, and topographic and bathymetric LIDAR systems.   Other aircraft features include a cargo door, bubble windows, two window blanks, and additional mission power.

Normal aircraft configuration includes seating for two pilots, a sensor operator, and 1-2 additional crew members, depending on the amount of sensor equipment installed.  The dual-sensor port modification allows simultaneous data collection from multiple sensors, enhancing sensor fusion capabilities.  Glass optical plates in the sensor ports allow the cabin to remain pressurized; the optical plates can be removed and the aircraft operated unpressurized.

The aircraft is primarily utilized by NOAA to meet Commerce and Transportation goals as well as conduct emergency response.

For more information please visit the Coastal Mapping Remote Sensing Program website:




King Air 350, B300CER


2 Pilots, 1 Photographer, 1-2 Additional Mission Crewmembers


35,000 ft (pressurized)

Rate of Climb:

2400 fpm at sea level (max takeoff weight, ISA conditions)

Maximum Operating Airspeed:

Sea Level to 24,000 ft – 245 KIAS
24,000 ft to 35,000 ft  – 245 to 192 (.58 MACH) KIAS

Scientific Power:

Maximum mission bus load: 250 Amps @ 115 VAC / 28 VDC

Aircraft Modifications:

Dual sensor ports with optical glass pressure plates and electronically operated FOD doors, cargo door, convex observer windows

Maximum Gross Weight:

Takeoff  -  16,500 lbs
Landing -  15,675 lbs

Basic Empty Weight:

10,567 lbs

Useful Load:

6033 lbs

Fuel Load:

Main Tanks                    - 2546 lbs
Auxiliary Tanks              - 1066 lbs
Extended Range Tanks - 1580 lbs

Standard Fuel Burn:

650 lbs/hr total


Wing Span:

57 ft 11 in

Total Length:

46 ft 8 in

Fuselage Height:

9 ft 2 in

Tail Height:

14 ft 4 in

Cabin Doors:

Airstair Door – 46 in x 20.2 in
Cargo Door   - 52 in x 49 in

Cabin Length:

24 ft 10 in

Cabin Height:

4 ft 9 in

Cabin Width:

4 ft 6 in

Useable Volume:

303 cu ft

Baggage Area:

Maximum weight – 550 lbs

Cockpit Systems:

Collins Pro Line 21 avionics system, Electronic Flight Instrument System, dual flight management systems, Integrated Flight Information System, GPS, Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS II), Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS), color weather radar, radar altimeter, sat phone

Cabin Configuration:

Dual sensor ports: In the normal configuration, the forward port houses the Applanix DSS Camera system and the aft port, located beneath the aft passenger seat, is covered.  A POS/AV system and other DSS components are installed in a certified scientific rack on the starboard side of the cabin

Lidar Image from King Air Aircraft
LIDAR Image from Data Collected by NOAA King Air


Aerial Imagery from King Air Aircraft
Aerial Imagery from NOAA King Air


Dual Sensor on King Air Aircraft
King Air Dual Ports


Digital Surface Model

For more information please visit the Coastal Mapping Remote Sensing Program web



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