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Textron Aviation has announced an upgrade for the Beechcraft King Air 260 and 360 turboprops – new CoolView windows manufactured by Lee Aerospace. Beginning in early 2024, all new King Air aircraft will be equipped with the windows.
According to Lee Aerospace’s independent testing, the addition of a thin metallic inner layer allows the windows to significantly reduce the amount of infrared light entering the cabin, for a cooler and more comfortable environment during ramp operations.
“At Textron Aviation, we’re committed to incorporating the latest technology and customer feedback into our aircraft to deliver the best customer experience for owners, pilots and passengers,” said Lannie O’Bannion, senior vice president, sales and flight operations. “The inclusion of CoolView windows in the Beechcraft King Air turboprops is a testament to our commitment to passenger comfort and our responsiveness to their ideas.”
The CoolView windows also feature a frost pane with an integrated window tint, to enhance visibility while reducing unwanted sunlight and glare. Textron Aviation also noted the frost pane helps reduce or eliminate unwanted ice build-up during long flights.
The King Air 360’s cabin environment also benefits from Textron Aviation’s standard Electric Air Conditioning System with Ground Cooling.
The CoolView windows are also now available as an aftermarket upgrade for Beechcraft King Air turboprops at Textron Aviation service centres or for purchase exclusively from Textron Aviation’s parts website.