At NBAA Textron Aviation announced a major optional upgrade to the Beechcraft King Air 250 that takes its max weight, formerly 12,500 pounds, to 13,420 pounds, giving the model a whopping 1,025-pound full-fuel payload. The modification takes the cabin payload with full fuel from just 155 pounds to 1,025 pounds. There are no structural modifications required.
The program takes the King Air 250 from Part 23 to the Commuter category, so the upgrade includes such airline-like features as additional fire extinguishers and exit path lighting. The modification was developed with CenTex Aerospace, a Waco, Texas, modifications company. The upgrade is a factory installation but is also available as an aftermarket upgrade. Because the resultant model is in the Commuter category, it requires a type rating, in this case for the Beechcraft BE-200.
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