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Manual Environmental Control Modes

Manual Environmental Control Modes

If your King Air is a senior citizen built before the late 1970s, I am betting that you are quite familiar with the use of the “Man Cool” and “Man Heat” modes of operation of your environmental mode selector. Why? Because the kinks associated with the Auto mode of environmental control had not yet been…

Cessna’s First Twin

Cessna’s First Twin

Cessna Aircraft Company’s commercial Model T-50 was designed for airlines and air taxi service but evolved into one of the best twin-engine military trainers of World War II. In June 1939, officials of the Cessna Aircraft Company announced a major expansion of facilities that would allow for increased production of the single-engine Airmaster and the…

Textron Aviation Offering King Air Live Technical Review Sessions

Textron Aviation is inviting King Air owners and operators to a live one-hour technical session with King Air aircraft experts. The sessions will demonstrate resources to streamline your account, review service bulletins and maintenance practices, address FAQs posed to its product support lines and take questions from the audience. The technical review session for the…

Blackhawk Announces XP67A Engine+ Upgrade and G1000 NXi Compatibility for King Air 300s

Blackhawk Aerospace recently announced the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) approval for the integration of the Garmin G1000 NXi with the XP67A Engine+ Upgrade for King Air 300 series aircraft. This Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) allows engine parameters from the Blackhawk conversion to be properly displayed on the fully integrated glass panel interface. The XP67A Engine+…

AvFab Receives STC Approval for Pleated Window Shades in King Air 300 series

Aviation Fabricators (AvFab) is pleased to announce they have received STC approval from the FAA for the installation of its Regal Pleated Window Shades in the King Air 300, B300 and 350 model aircraft, an option for replacing the factory window polarizers. (An STC has been available for the King Air 90 and 200 models…

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Service Bulletin MTB-33-01R: Lights – Replacement of Entry and Ice Light Sockets Original Date: October 7, 2019 Revision 1 Date: July 28, 2020 Effectivity: Revision adds Model A200CT (C-12D), Serial Numbers BP-046 through BP-071. Reason: To provide a spares replacement for faulty entry and ice light sockets. Original Compliance – OPTIONAL: This service document can…

“Gitchigami” – Flying to and Touring Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

“Gitchigami” – Flying to and Touring Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Even on a warm and calm day, the power and danger of Lake Superior is palpable. The largest fresh water lake on earth, its enormity can be appreciated from nearly any perspective. Whether flying above it, strolling along a sandy beach, perched high on a shoreline cliff, or crossing in a large ship or ferryboat,…

King Air Gathering 2020 Cancelled

Due to unprecedented circumstances during these unpredictable COVID-19 times, the King Air Gathering (KAG), scheduled to take place October 22-24 in Wichita, Kansas, has been postponed to a yet to be determined date in 2021. Safety is a strong foundation that pilots live by and based on what local, state and federal officials are recommending…

Troubleshooting Tips  for King Air AC

Troubleshooting Tips for King Air AC

How’s the air conditioning (AC) in your King Air right now? This time of year, my phone is burning up with air conditioning problems due to everything from low Freon to the dreaded Black Death. If your AC is acting up a little or not working at all, there are things an owner/operator can check…

Rudder Boost Ramblings

Rudder Boost Ramblings

W hy do some King Airs have the Rudder Boost (RB) system installed and others do not? No, the answer is not that Rudder Boost was an extra-cost option, similar to a particular piece of avionics. Instead, some models were certified with RB as standard equipment and others were not. From the first King Air…