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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…

A Rare Travel Air:  The Type BH/3000

A Rare Travel Air: The Type BH/3000

In 1926 the Travel Air Manufacturing Company offered pilots the “Type BH” biplane powered by the superb Hispano-Suiza V-8 engine. In an effort to expand the Travel Air Manufacturing Company’s product line, Walter Beech and the engineering department mated the proven Type “B” airframe with the war-surplus Hispano-Suiza engine rated at 180 horsepower. Following the…

Blackhawk Announces New XR Upgrade Kit for the King Air 350 Series

Blackhawk Aerospace announced the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval of their new XR Upgrade Kit for the King Air 350 series. The XR Kit optimizes a stock King Air 350 series aircraft by increasing Max Gross Takeoff Weight to 16,500 pounds and maintaining a Basic Aircraft Empty Weight that is 220…

FAA Approves Additional PWI LED Lights for King Airs

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced the PMAs (Parts Manufacturing Approval) of PWI’s LED lighting for use in additional aircraft, including King Airs. The 1495 bulb replacement LED reading light was approved for the Beechcraft King Air B200T and B200CT and the 1308 LED replacement reading light in the King Air C90, C90A, C90GT, E90,…

Technically…

Service Bulletin MTB-34-03: Navigation – TDR-94D ATC Transponder Strapping Change for King Air B300 and B300C Configured for 15,500 or Greater Max Takeoff Weight Date: July 14, 2020 Effectivity: Super King Air B300, Serial Numbers FL-381, FL-383 through FL-953, FL-955 through FL-1009, FL-1011 through FL1030: Only applicable to airplanes with a maximum takeoff weight of…

Ramped Up – King Air 200 series’ ramp appeal impresses charter passengers

Ramped Up – King Air 200 series’ ramp appeal impresses charter passengers

While the experience piqued his interest in aircraft and planted the seed for learning to fly later in life, he never imagined that he’d one day operate an air charter business out of “The White Building” at Cardiff Airport, a facility that back then was the head office of the airline that was eventually absorbed…

Treat Your King Air Kindly

Treat Your King Air Kindly

What’s your King Air to you? Is it only an inanimate object that provides transportation convenience for the owner(s)? Or is it something more, something that provides that mystical “pride of ownership” that makes you smile whenever you see it? For a lot of us – especially the owner-pilots among us – the King Air…

Beechcraft –  Diversify or Die

Beechcraft – Diversify or Die

During the late 1940s and into the 1950s the cyclical nature of the commercial and military aviation business forced the Beech Aircraft Corporation to seek new sources of revenue to survive. “It is said – not by us at Beechcraft but by those whose profession it is to know such things, that the history of…

ForeFlight Offering Live Global Traffic through FlightAware

ForeFlight, in partnership with FlightAware, is now providing live global traffic streaming for all customers with the Internet Traffic feature. Integrated with the same Traffic map layer used for ADS-B devices, Internet Traffic is available any time you have an internet connection and are on the ground, as well as when connected to inflight Wi-Fi…