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King Air Gathering IV From a First-timer’s Perspective

King Air Gathering IV From a First-timer’s Perspective

It was with great interest that I attended King Air Gathering IV, hosted by the King Air Academy in September at Fredericksburg, Texas. As an active, general aviation instructor and FAA Designated Pilot Examiner, I usually get to be the trainer instead of the trainee, so this was going to be of particular pleasure for…

Exploring the Limits of Flying Under Part 91

When you were a kid, or maybe even later in life, someone you trusted probably cautioned you about opportunities that look too good to be true; sometimes they are. That kind of advice usually focused on promised riches in exchange for relatively innocent commitments of time or resources. As pilots and aircraft owners, we’re way…

Takeoff OAT Restrictions

At the fourth King Air Gathering – KAG IV, the sold-out event held in September 2019, at the classic Hangar Hotel complex at the Fredericksburg, Texas airport (T82) – a question was asked about engine ice vane usage on the ground. Specifically, a concern was expressed about a temperature restriction stated in the Pilot’s Operating…

Econo-Jet – the Model 73

Econo-Jet – the Model 73

Beech Aircraft Corporation’s Jet Mentor was built on a tight budget and performed well but lost its bid to be the U.S. Air Force’s first turbine-powered basic trainer to crosstown rival Cessna Aircraft Company’s Model 318. During the early 1950s, excitement about the “Dawn of the Jet Age” was capturing the imagination of the American…

Technical Review Webinar Session Scheduled for King Air models

Textron Aviation is inviting King Air owners to a LIVE Tech Session with your aircraft experts. The King Air session is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 13, 9-10 a.m. (CST). The company states that during the session they will update customers regarding current and pending field programs as well as, discuss service and maintenance issues. This…

Hartzell and Raisbeck Team Up to Provide 5-blade Composite Prop for KA200 Fleet

Hartzell Propeller Inc. and Raisbeck Engineering recently debuted a 5-blade composite swept prop, designed and manufactured by Hartzell specifically for the King Air 200, B200 and B200GT aircraft and STC’d and distributed by Raisbeck Engineering. This new propeller system is the first five-blade structural composite propeller certified on the King Air 200 series and is…

Garmin adds G1000 NXi upgrade for the King Air C90

Garmin International, Inc. recently announced certification of the G1000® NXi integrated flight deck upgrade for the King Air C90. With the G1000 NXi, aircraft owners and operators receive a wealth of new features, innovative capabilities and added utility all within a modern flight deck. King Air C90 owners and operators can easily upgrade from the…

G1000 Level-D Sim for King Air 350 and 200 Added at FlyRight

FlyRight, a North Carolina-based, leading provider of professional, full-motion simulation-based, pilot training services, is expanding its King Air training programs to include G1000 avionics. Initial, recurrent and custom training courses will be provided in FlyRight’s new full-motion Level-D King Air 350/200 G1000 simulator. The new simulator, manufactured by ASE, is convertible between a King Air…

Technically …

From Service Bulletin MTB-33-01: Lights – Replacement of Entry and Ice Light Sockets Date: Oct. 7, 2019 Effectivity: King Airs Model 100, A100, Serial Numbers B-1 thru B-247; Model A100-1 (U-21J), Serial Numbers BB-3 thru BB-5; Model 200, B200, Serial Numbers BB-2, BB-6 thru BB-185, BB-187 thru BB-202, BB-204 thru BB-269, BB-271 thru BB-407, BB-409…

Rendezvous  in Riverton – Pilot connects two Wyoming families for King Air partnership

Rendezvous in Riverton – Pilot connects two Wyoming families for King Air partnership

Like any relationship, co-ownership of an airplane can be a great partnership when there’s good communication and a healthy amount of respect between all parties. Two Wyoming families have formed what they describe as a near-perfect relationship through a 1981 Beechcraft King Air 200 thanks to a pilot who brought them together four years ago…