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Humanitarian Hero

Humanitarian Hero

Disaster Relief from a King Air’s Point of View The call from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) came in late August following Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 storm that came ashore near Rockport, Texas. Harvey then stalled and moved back toward the Gulf, dumping extraordinary amounts of rain across southeastern Texas and Louisiana. Air…

Are you Required to Call Flight Service for a Briefing?

Are you Required to Call Flight Service for a Briefing?

With the proliferation of Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs), fewer and fewer pilots are calling Flight Service for a telephonic briefing. The question remains: Are pilots required to call Flight Service to be compliant with FAR 91.103? Reluctantly, the FAA has finally said, “No.” “Official” Briefing Source? Before EFBs, pilots had little choice but to call…

Maintenance Tip: Things to Ponder When Considering a New Paint Job

Maintenance Tip: Things to Ponder When Considering a New Paint Job

Thinking of having your King Air painted? No doubt the first thing that comes to mind is the cost. New paint is pricey, and you’ll want to shop around. For a 90 series King Air you could see quotes ranging from $25,000 to $50,000, or more. With bigger aircraft and custom paint schemes, it only…

Aviation Issues: The Latest in Aviation News

NBAA Asks FAA to Pause on Proposed IAP Cancellations Considering recent flight management system (FMS) software glitches that required FMS manufacturers to pull thousands of approaches from their databases, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is asking the FAA to “hit the pause button” on implementation of its proposed policy on cancellation of certain instrument…

Ask the Expert: Parking Brake…Yay or Nay?

Do you use your King Air’s parking brake regularly? I surely do, but I have observed that quite a few King Air pilots do not. Why? I believe that the reluctance to use the parking brake comes from our first training flights, such as in a Cessna 172. “Don’t use that. It’s unreliable and doesn’t…

Muscle Beech – the Mighty Turbo Barons

Muscle Beech – the Mighty Turbo Barons

Despite being manufactured in small numbers, the Model 56TC and A56TC were the most powerful Barons built and helped pave the way for development and production of the distinctive Model 60 Duke. The decade of the 1950s and 1960s had been good to Beech Aircraft Corporation, and the company’s executive vice president, Frank E. Hedrick,…

Value Added: Garmin Pilot Grows Feature Set for iOS and Android Mobile Devices

Garmin is pleased to announce the addition of new features for the Garmin Pilot application for Android and iOS mobile devices. Garmin Pilot 6.2 for Android incorporates approach chart overlays on the moving map, enhancements to stadium TFRs, glide range ring, logbook tracks and more, while the 9.1 version of Garmin Pilot for iOS adds…

Value Added: Sierra Nevada Corporation Introduces New King Air 350ER Enhancement Kit

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) recently demon­strated a suite of technologies, together called the King Air 350 Extended Range (ER) Mission Enhancement Kit. SNC teamed with Vector-Hawk Aerospace (VHA), a subsidiary government and military sales division of Blackhawk Modifications in Waco, Texas, and Advent Aircraft Systems, Inc. of Tulsa, Oklahoma to offer the Mission Enhancement Kit.…

Pole Position

Pole Position

Former NASACAR driver owns and operates first King Air 350 with Pro Line II to Pro Line Fusion retrofit Loy Allen, Jr. made a name for himself in auto racing but for all of his life he has loved flying. Growing up in North Carolina, it’s not unusual that Allen started racing go karts as…

Note from the Editor

In the September issue of  King Air magazine, photo credit for the cover photo and the cover story “Perfect Pair” featuring Woodgate Aviation should have been given to Jim McGann Photography. Our apologies for the omission.