CareFlight uses specially configured and equipped medical aeroplanes to transfer patients from accident scenes and between hospitals.

King Air
One of CareFlight's late model King Air B200s.

B200 King Air aircraft

CareFlight operates a fleet of B200 King Air aircraft.

The King Air is an American built aircraft and is widely used for aeromedical work. Powered by two gas-turbine engines, it has four-bladed propellers, a pressurised cabin and retractable undercarriage. The King Air is an all weather, day/night capable aircraft.

CareFlight’s King Airs have been extensively modified to undertake aeromedical missions in Australia. Modifications include:

  • wide cargo doors to allow for easy movement of patients into and out of the planes
  • electro-pneumatic loading systems for quicker, safer and smoother stretcher loading
  • special medical flooring, storage units and oxygen systems
  • purpose-designed radios and navigation systems for CareFlight’s long flights to access patients at very remote locations
  • cabin configuration to accommodate two stretcher patients, two seated patients and the aeromedical team

CareFlight King Air B200 Aeroplanes Brochure

King Air specifications

B200 Specifications

  • Engines: 2 x Pratt and Whitney PT6A – 42 gas turbines, delivering (850 SHP) each
  • Max speed 570 km/hr (308 knots)
  • Cruising speed 485 km/hr (255 knots)
  • Range 1900 km (1100 NM)
  • Max altitude 10,668 m (35,000 ft)
  • Endurance 6 hrs
  • Max weight 5710 kg
  • Crew 3 (pilot, doctor, nurse)
  • Fuel capacity 3600lbs 1630kg Jet A-1 (refined kerosene)
  • Fuel burn 600 lbs/hr
  • Total length 13.36 m
  • Wingspan 16.6 m

Equipment

  • Weather radar
  • GPS navigation system
  • Laptop computer with GPS moving map street navigation
  • Dual autopilot
  • Full Instrument Flight Rules IFR) navigation suite:
    ILS, VOR, DME, NDB and RNAV
  • VHF and HF aviation radios
  • mobile phone
  • Satellite phone

Modifications

  • Ram Air Recovery System
  • Short field enhancement
  • Dual aft body strakes
  • Hartzell/Raisbeck quiet turbofan
  • Propeller kit with auto feather
  • Brake de-ice system
  • Freon air conditioning
  • High flotation landing gear
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  • Engines: 2 x Pratt and Whitney PT6A – 42 gas turbines, delivering (850 SHP) each
  • Max speed 570 km/hr (308 knots)
  • Cruising speed 485 km/hr (255 knots)
  • Range 1900 km (1100 NM)
  • Max altitude 10,668 m (35,000 ft)
  • Endurance 6 hrs
  • Max weight 5710 kg
  • Crew 3 (pilot, doctor, nurse)
  • Fuel capacity...
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