The Beechcraft King Air C90GTx is the newest version of the King Air C90 series turboprops. The C90GTx has a long and slightly complicated history. The original Beechcraft King Air C90 was approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on October 23rd, 1970. The origins of the King Air C90GTx start with the King Air 90 series turboprop that was officially called the King Air 65-90. The King Air 65-90 entered the market in 1964. The Beechcraft King Air C90GTx is based on the C90 that was launched in 1970, however the C90 was based on the original "65-" series. After the original C90, Beechcraft (and its various companies over the years) built on the C90 with the C90A, C90B, C90SE, C90GT and the C90GTi. The Beechcraft King Air C90GTx was launched by Beechcraft in 2009 and followed the C90GTi. The King Air C90GTx is the C90GTi with some improvements.
The Beechcraft King Air C90GTx is a two engine business / private turboprop that is powered by the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-135A engine. It has a glass cockpit with the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 suite. The main differences between the Beechcraft King Air C90GTx and the C90GTi is that the C90GTx has winglets and an increased max gross weight with an incorporated Supplemental Type Certificate (STC). Some earlier C90GTx turboprops may not have winglets and the max gross weight upgrade as Beechcraft did not add these to the King Air C90GTx until 2011. Serial Numbers LJ-2004 and up have the upgrades. Also Beechcraft King Air C90GTx aircraft currently have serial numbers LJ-1964, LJ-1966, LJ-1968, LJ-1972, LJ-1977 thru LJ-2003 and LJ-2004 and up. Serial numbers LJ-2096 and up were built from 2014 and the subsequent years. A total of 144 Beechcraft King Air C90GTx turboprops have been built up to the end of 2014. In 2014 Beechcraft built and delivered 21 King Air C90GTx turboprops.
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Also note that Beechcraft was known as Beech Aircraft, until it became Beechcraft (a Raytheon Company) in 1980. In 1994 the company became known as Raytheon Aircraft and then in 2007 became Hawker Beechcraft. Finally in 2013 the company returned to its Beechcraft name, without Hawker.