Textron Aviation is introducing an upgrade for its Beechcraft King Air 260 and 360 turboprops: CoolView windows that will minimise heat transfer into the cabin on the ramp and offer comfort and cabin cooling for passengers. Beginning in early 2024, all new King Air aircraft will be first in the category to be equipped with CoolView windows manufactured by Lee Aerospace.
The introduction of CoolView windows reflects Textron's commitment to innovative solutions that enhance the flying experience for both pilots and passengers. 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, ensuring 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,” says 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. This advanced design enhances visibility while reducing unwanted sunlight and glare, creating a pleasant and visually appealing cabin atmosphere for passengers and crew. The frost pane also helps reduce or eliminate unwanted ice buildup during long flights.
Combined with Textron Aviation's standard electric air conditioning system with ground cooling in the King Air 360, the CoolView windows will help provide customers with a cool and comfortable cabin environment, even in challenging ramp conditions.
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.