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King Air Family  Expands – Meet the Beechcraft King Air 260

King Air Family Expands – Meet the Beechcraft King Air 260

With an occupancy of up to nine, a maximum range of 1,720 nautical miles and a top cruise speed of 310 ktas, the Beechcraft King Air 200 series aircraft has long been the aircraft of choice for customers around the world. Textron Aviation says the King Air 260 combines the platform’s rich history of rugged…

Stopover, Daytrip or Longer …Discover South Carolina’s Historic Treasures

Stopover, Daytrip or Longer …Discover South Carolina’s Historic Treasures

So much has been written about the aviation history of North Carolina that one wonders what is left to be covered there. One of its state mottos is “First in Flight” with obvious reference to the Wright Brother’s history making flight testing and ultimate successes in the Outer Banks, Kittyhawk and Kill Devil Hills areas.…

King Air Electrical Systems Evolution

This article first appeared in the January 2012 issue of this magazine. It is also a chapter in The King Air Book – Volume II. It is significant enough to merit reprinting here both to enlighten newer readers, as well as to provide a review for seasoned King Air veterans. The original King Air, the…

Wichita Orphans (Part One)

Wichita Orphans (Part One)

Boeing Aircraft Company’s Wichita division created the X-100, X-120 and X-90 monoplanes that were state-of-the-art in their day, but whose wings were clipped by the frenetic pace of wartime combat aircraft design. The invasion of Poland by Germany in September 1939 gave the world its first glimpse of the bludgeoning power of the Nazi Blitzkreig…

G1000 NXi Integrated with Blackhawk Engine+ Upgrade for King Air 300 and 350

Garmin® International, Inc. recently announced that the G1000® NXi flight deck is now available for integration with the Blackhawk Aerospace XP67A Engine+ Upgrade for the King Air 300 and King Air 350, adding a significant benefit to those looking to maximize these aircraft. Additionally, Garmin has expanded its Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval to now…

The “Hard Market” of Aviation Insurance

The aviation insurance industry has officially entered the “hard market.” King Air owners and operators are seeing sharp increases in premiums with reduced ancillary coverages. Unfortunately, you can expect this trend to continue throughout 2021. In addition to the hard market affecting price, it can also impact how strictly insurance carriers adhere to exclusions within…

Exercise Your AC  During the Winter

Exercise Your AC During the Winter

After a long, hot summer, cooler temperatures have finally arrived. You might think the air conditioning system (AC) in your King Air deserves a vacation after all of its hard work in the blazing heat. But before you send your AC into hibernation for the winter, I’ve got a surprising tip that could pay off…

Aircraft Interior Disinfection SAIB, FAA and EC Expand  Collaboration

Aircraft Interior Disinfection SAIB, FAA and EC Expand Collaboration

FAA Issues SAIB Regarding Aircraft Interior Disinfection In early November, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued  Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) NM-20-27 regarding Aircraft Interior Disinfection. Although it was primarily focused to transport category airplanes, the SAIB states “the information and guidelines may also apply to other categories of aircraft.” With increased frequency of use…

Catching the Cabin … and Vice Versa

Catching the Cabin … and Vice Versa

Are you familiar with the title’s term, “Catching the Cabin?” It usually refers to the action, in a descent, of having the airplane’s altitude match the cabin’s altitude. Why does this happen? Three reasons come to mind. First, the pilot forgets to set the cabin altitude properly for the landing condition. Especially when flying as…