B360 Aircraft Arrival

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 four new King Air aircraft will touch down in December 2021 with the next three arriving in late 2022.

The aircraft features technology advances that result in improved 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.

    Cockpit upgrades

    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. 

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          An all-new, innovative cabin design

          The B360 back-of-cabin will be completely redesigned, modified and customised to create a specialised flying intensive care unit that best suits the needs of the RFDS (Queensland Section).

          It will be 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."  

          Jacinta Jones - State Manager - Aeromedical Nursing

          Latest News

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          RFDS to fly faster and further with Australia’s first B360 aircraft

          30 Dec 2021

          A new $16 million aircraft, the first of its kind to touchdown on Australian shores, has been acquired by the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section).

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          Pilots ready for take off in new B360

          23 Dec 2021

          The Beechcraft King Air 360 set to revolutionise aeromedical care in Queensland. The aircraft will reduce pilot workload and make flying in outback Queensland a whole lot easier.

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          Graphic: Jacinta Jones flight nurse RFDS

          Aircraft innovation to benefit flight nurses

          24 Dec 2021

          The aircraft will pave the way for aeromedical care in Australia and provide RFDS flight nurses the capacity to fly further and faster to patients.

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          Graphic: King Air B360 on the tarmac

          New aircraft to bolster RFDS fleet

          11 Feb 2021

          The aeromedical capabilities of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) (RFDS) are set to be bolstered through the acquisition of four new Beechcraft King Air 360CHW turboprop aircraft.

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          See the B360's journey to Australia

          B360 at textron

          Build complete at Textron

          B360 in Wichita, USA

          Leaving Wichita, USA

          B360 leaving Wichita, USA

          Leaving Wichita, USA

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