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Cessna: The Postwar Years – Part Two

Cessna: The Postwar Years – Part Two

The two-place Model 120/140 were modern, all-metal designs that established Wichita’s Cessna Aircraft Company as a leader in the highly competitive personal, training and business aviation markets. After five years of massive bloodshed, incalculable destruction and indescribable human suffering, World War II had ended in victory for the allied nations. During that terrible time the…

Technically…

From Multi-Engine Turboprop Communiqué ME-TP-0019 Issued: March 2020 ATA 5 – Flammable Fluid Carrying Hoses Replacement Requirement All Textron Aviation Engineering has approved the removal of the five-year requirement to replace the engine flammable fluid carrying hoses. This change has already taken place on the King Air 90, 200, B300 and 1900 Maintenance Manuals. Other…

Comments on the Death Valley Article

In my 17-plus years of writing aviation articles, rarely has one generated as much correspondence as Trip Report – Death Valley Offers a Unique Getaway which appeared in the January 2020 issue of King Air magazine (written during the summer of 2019). I received numerous emails and phone calls about the article, universally complimentary of…

Pick of the Litter- AOPA Chief Mark Baker adds King Air F90 to his Fleet

Pick of the Litter- AOPA Chief Mark Baker adds King Air F90 to his Fleet

Mark Baker, head of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), reached the point in his flying and professional career in 2019 when he could choose any airplane he wanted. He chose a Beechcraft King Air F90. “If I were to go eeny, meeny, miny, moe on the ramp, I would have always wanted to…

Engine Won’t Start?

When you hit the Start/Ignition switch and the engine spools up but fails to light off, what do you do? Is it a fuel problem, an ignition problem or both? Obviously if your engine gauges indicate fuel is flowing, then you’ve got a problem somewhere in the ignition system. I’d have a tidy sum in…

Update Your Calendars: King Air Gathering 2020 Date Change

Update Your Calendars: King Air Gathering 2020 Date Change

The King Air Gathering (KAG) that was previously scheduled to be held in late August, has been moved to late October – specifically Oct. 22-24, 2020. The event is still being held in Wichita, Kansas, birthplace of the King Air. A brief, tentative schedule is as follows: Thursday, Oct. 22 – Arrivals and Blackhawk Aerospace…

The Autopilot’s Aerial Tour Mode

The Autopilot’s Aerial Tour Mode

Just yesterday (I am writing this in mid-February 2020), I had the great pleasure of flying a “Flightseeing” tour of northern Arizona in Ron McAlister’s lovely 1984 B200 King Air. I have done this numerous times over the years in a multitude of airplanes, giving out-of-state visitors an aerial tour of our beautiful state, and…

Year of the Swallow

Year of the Swallow

A century ago, the Laird Swallow launched Wichita, Kansas, on its way to becoming the “Air Capital of the World.” In 1920 a number of significant events occurred: the Treaty of Versailles took effect, officially ending World War I; the 19th Amendment became law, giving women the right to vote and Adolf Hitler organized the…

Constant Aviation Treating Aircraft with MicroShield 360 at over 150 Airports

Constant Aviation says it is working around the clock to treat business and private aircraft with MicroShield 360, an FDA-approved* antimicrobial shield. Application crews are now present at more than 150 airports nationwide, and technicians have streamlined the process to less than two hours even on large-cabin aircraft. “We recognize the urgency operators have to treat their…

Elliott Aviation Mobile Maintenance Capabilities to Include Inspections

Due to recent uncertain events with COVID-19, Elliott Aviation has announced its mobile maintenance capabilities are available for aircraft inspections and due items. The company’s mobile maintenance teams are available for maintenance events for the King Air, as well as the Beechjet/Hawker 400XP, Challenger, Citation, Hawker, Phenom, Premier and TBM aircraft. “We understand how challenging…