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Berry Aviation Opens New Maintenance Hangar in San Marcos, Texas

Berry Aviation has announced the grand opening of its 31,400-square-foot maintenance hangar in San Marcos, Texas. The company has been preparing for the maintenance hangar and received 10 new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Part 145 Class Ratings in late 2019. Its repair station certification includes airframe, powerplant, propeller…

Garmin® Unveils Fourth Generation GPS/NAV/COMM

Garmin International, Inc. announced the GTN™ 650Xi and GTN 750Xi, the next generation of in-flight navigation technology. Designed as a direct slide-in upgrade to the previous generation GTN 650/750, pilots can preserve their panel and modernize the cockpit with the new GTN 650Xi and GTN 750Xi. The all-in-one GPS/NAV/COMM boasts a feature-rich multifunction display and can integrate…

Revival!

Revival!

In 1933 the Stearman Aircraft Company’s Model 73 biplane helped save the company and brought national recognition of Wichita, Kansas, as a major provider of commercial and military aircraft. Five years after the worst economic debacle in American history had gutted Wall Street and laid waste to billions of dollars-worth of investments, personal fortunes and…

The Air Conditioner Reset Procedure

The Air Conditioner Reset Procedure

A reader recently asked me some questions about the procedure for restoring the air conditioner (AC) back into working order in a B200, following a shutdown caused by too low or too high system pressure. I came to believe that this would be a worthwhile topic for discussion, so here we go. Before I discuss…

Illegal Charter Ops Warning, Big Changes Upcoming for Northeast Airspace and New  Resource Regarding OTC Meds

Illegal Charter Ops Warning, Big Changes Upcoming for Northeast Airspace and New Resource Regarding OTC Meds

FAA Warns About Illegal Charter Operations Recently, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) advised pilots and passengers to take caution regarding illegal charter operations, primarily those pilots soliciting flights for payment on web-based applications. Pilots and passengers are cautioned to avoid these types of situations and verify their air transportation provider is authorized by the FAA…

Looking Back

Looking Back

It’s a new decade. Such milestones tend to prompt us to stop and take a look back. For me, I’m continually impressed by the resilience of the Beechcraft King Air – all of them. Every model has its virtues, and they have stood the test of time like no other aircraft in general aviation. I…

Unexpected Career – Chance encounter reveals flight path

Unexpected Career – Chance encounter reveals flight path

Growing up, Joe Casey had no idea he’d own an aircraft-related company one day. It was really a fluke that he discovered aviation at all. “When I graduated from college with my non-aviation degree, I didn’t have a plan of what I was going to do,” he explains. “I decided to drive halfway to the…

Trip Report: Death Valley Offers a Unique Getaway

Trip Report: Death Valley Offers a Unique Getaway

While covering only 26 miles in a 1.5-hour drive, we’d seen exactly one other vehicle. The temperature hovered in the mid-90s and the reflective surface of the dry lakebed caused me to squint behind my sunglasses. I encouraged my kids to take in the scene. Here we were, miles from anywhere, to­gether, yet alone, standing…

Hull Claims

Hull Claims

In the October 2019 issue of King Air, I stated there are two parts to your King Air insurance policy regarding claims. One aspect – third party liability – was covered in detail. The second aspect is physical damage that occurs to your aircraft. When your King Air is damaged, many emotions are triggered. It…

Industry Opposes H.R. 5423 and Changes Coming for NOTAMS

Aviation Industry Sends Letter in Opposition of Aircraft Noise Reduction Act In late December, several aviation industry groups* sent a letter to U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Peter DeFazio and Ranking Member Sam Graves, as well as Subcommittee on Aviation Chairman Rick Larsen and Ranking Member Garret Graves, to state…