Meet the new B360
The Beechcraft King Air 360CHW turboprop aircraft will revolutionise aeromedical care in Australia, allowing the RFDS (Queensland Section) to fly further and faster. The first of our seven new King Air aircraft will be operational in November 2022, with more aircraft touching down in coming months.
The aircraft features technology advances that are designed to improve performance and efficiency, as well as enhancements to patient comfort. The B360 informs a major part of the Flying Doctor's 10-year aircraft replacement strategy to ensure the organisation remains future fit and that regional, rural and remote Queenslanders receive the best aeromedical healthcare available.
Flying further and faster, our new aircraft is here
The best aeromedical care in Australia
The B360 will see advancements for both RFDS staff and patients, including:
Flying further and faster
The Beechcraft King Air 360 has the capability to allow the RFDS to fly further and faster.
Autothrottle automatically manages engine power from the take-off roll, through the climb, cruise, descent, go-around and landing phases of flight. This enhancement reduces pilot workload and supports them to prevent over-speed or under-speed, over-temp and over-torque conditions.
New digital pressurisation controller
The new digital pressurisation controller automatically schedules cabin pressurisation during both climb and descent, reducing pilot workload and increasing patient comfort.
Rugged landing gear
Proven on rough airstrips, the B360 landing gear enables the aircraft to take off and land on short, unpaved runways. This will allow the RFDS to land on more runways and reduce patient transfer times.
Enhancements to patient comfort
Lower cabin altitude enables flight nurses to better cater to patient's medical needs.
Be one of the first to look inside the cabin
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An all-new, innovative cabin design
The B360 back-of-cabin has been completely customised and modified to create a design that best suits the needs of the RFDS (Queensland Section).
It has been designed and fitted at HeliMods on the Sunshine Coast.
Meet our staff
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“This aircraft incorporates the latest technology and has a superior payload and range profile over the existing fleet. It is the first B360 in country and also the first to be Australian registered.”
Shane Lawrey - Head of Flying Operations
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"Every inch of the new aircraft will be designed to ensure flight nurses can provide the finest care to all patients."
Maree Cummins - Nurse Manager - Aeromedical Training and Clinical Training
See the B360's journey from Wichita, USA to Queensland
Built by Textron in Wichita
En route to Australia via the snow
B360 passing the Nile River in Egypt
Touch down in Brisbane
Back-of-cabin development at Helimods
B360 fit out complete
Graphic: B360 arrival rfds Brisbane
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Graphic: Jacinta Jones flight nurse RFDS
Aircraft innovation to benefit flight nurses
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Graphic: King Air B360 on the tarmac
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