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From Multi-Engine Turboprop Communiqué # ME-TP-010

Date: September 2018 ATA 5 – Phase 3 Inspection – Interior Removal Clarification Communiqué 2008-02 and Communiqué 2011-03 were both written with good intent on the subject of, “do we need to remove the interior to perform the Phase 3 Inspection?” This Communiqué will be the complete overall answer to this question. Due to the…

ForeFlight Adds PDC and D-ATIS

ForeFlight, in partnership with Satcom Direct, now delivers mobile Pre-Departure Clearance (PDC) and Digital Automated Terminal Information Service (D-ATIS) at the busiest airports in the United States. PDCs are official text clearances issued for U.S. IFR flight plans, and include the filed route, the cleared altitude, transponder code, departure frequency and any special instructions. It…

Garmin acquires FltPlan.com

Garmin® recently announced that it acquired Flight Plan LLC (FltPlan), a privately-held provider of electronic flight planning, scheduling and trip support services, including the popular website FltPlan.com and mobile application FltPlan Go. FltPlan is one of the largest flight planning companies in the world, creating more than 6.3 million flight plans annually. With 19 years…

Texas Aircraft Propeller & Accessories Named Hartzell Recommended Facility

Hartzell Propeller Inc. named Texas Aircraft Propeller & Accessories, an industry leader in propeller and governor overhaul, repair and sales, as a Recommended Service Facility. The company is based at Pearland Regional Airport (KLVJ) near Houston. As a Hartzell Recommended Service Facility, Texas Aircraft Propeller & Accessories has heavily invested in tooling, equipment and training.…

Mid-South Avionics awarded Rockwell Collins dealership

Mid-South Avionics was recently awarded a Rockwell Collins dealership, to go along with their Garmin, L3, Avidyne and more certificates, giving King Air owners another solution for their day-to-day avionics needs. The company was purchased in June 2017 by Rhett Hart and moved to Bessemer, Alabama (KEKY), where he also owns The Aircraft Maintenance Company,…

Pro Line Fusion upgrade for King Air B200 and B300 series now certified in Europe

Pro Line Fusion upgrade for King Air B200 and B300 series now certified in Europe

Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line Fusion® avionics upgrade for Pro Line II-equipped King Air B200 and B300 series aircraft has been certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The upgrade previously was certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 2016. JetSupport B.V., headquartered in Amsterdam, is the first European dealer to complete a Pro…

The Saga of NAT No. 17

The Saga of NAT No. 17

More than 80 years after it rolled out of Walter Beech’s Travel Air factory in Wichita, Kansas, one of only two Type 5000 cabin monoplanes known to exist has been resurrected to honor the birth of scheduled passenger service in North Texas. No other airplane typifies the diversity of our aviation heritage more than National…

Why Do Some Switches Have White Circles?

In late June 2018, there was a thread on the BeechTalk forum that asked about the white circles around some cockpit switches. It also raised the question of why some switches had red inserts. I was surprised to find that some King Air pilots were not aware of the white circles’ meaning, so I decided…

FAA Bill, U.S. Airport News and a New Nall Report

FAA Bill, U.S. Airport News and a New Nall Report

Another Extension on the FAA Bill? It looks like it. Congress has yet to come to an agreement on a long-term FAA reauthorization bill. The agency is operating under it’s fifth short-term extension set to expire Sept. 30 and will likely see its sixth. The Airlines for America (A4A) president and CEO Nicholas Calio stressed…

Autofeather Review

I see a lot of questions about the King Air’s autofeather system in online discussions. It’s not just the newly minted King Air pilots that are asking. Many a King Air pilot with plenty of hours under their belt have had the occasional “synapse lapse,” so I thought a basic review of autofeather would be…