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New Satellite-based ADS-B Receivers – A Boost for ATC and Safety

In early January, the eighth and final SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenburg AFB in California on a mission for Iridium Communications. Seven of those eight rockets carried 10 Iridium NEXT satellites with the final carrying just five, 66 in all. Each satellite placed itself into a low-earth orbit replacing Iridium’s original satellite-phone…

Garmin introduces the GTX 335D and GTX 345D ADS-B Diversity Transponders

Garmin has announced the GTX™ 335D and GTX 345D, two diversity transponders that provide optimal Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out coverage and visibility while operating throughout the global airspace system. The GTX 335D offers ADS-B Out, while the GTX 345D provides ADS-B Out, as well as ADS-B In traffic and weather for display on compatible…

King Air Market Still Solid – Year-End Numbers Stay Consistent

King Air Market Still Solid – Year-End Numbers Stay Consistent

The King Air market overall is very strong; we are seeing very low inventory levels and a brisk sales volume that has been consistent for the last two years. Looking at Q4 2018, we saw 186 King Air transactions compared to 181 during Q4 of 2017. Model 90 When it comes to the King Air…

Initial King Air Gathering Deemed a Success!

Initial King Air Gathering Deemed a Success!

King Air magazine contributor Tom Clements announced the first King Air Gathering (KAG) in the January 2017 issue of this magazine, as well as the King Air Academy sending out informational flyers to King Air owners and operators. The attendee list had been limited to 50 King Air owners/operators, so that the group would be…

Value Added: CenTex Announces Certification of Halo 275 for King Air 200 and 250

CenTex Aerospace, Inc. announced that it has received FAA approval of a new addition to the popular Halo series of gross weight increase conversions. The new Halo 275 conversion for King Air 200 and 250 series airplanes increases the maximum takeoff weight to 14,000 pounds and the maximum landing weight to 13,500 pounds. Price of…

Correspondence

Another Point Regarding King Air Phase Inspections I read Dean Benedict’s excellent article regarding King Air inspections featured in the August 2016 issue of King Air magazine. I wanted to add to his information, something I have experienced with some King Air operators that have limited knowledge of our inspection program. One of the stipulations,…

Nostalgic Flair

Nostalgic Flair

EC Source Aviation builds flight department with distinctive aircraft Just a few months after taking a chief pilot position flying helicopters for EC Source, Tim Brown was promoted to director of aviation. This new title meant that not only would he fly the aircraft in support of the construction of new power lines, he also would…

Value Added: G1000 Software Upgrade for King Air C90 Aircraft

Garmin has announced new capabilities and enhanced operational benefits for the King Air C90 aircraft, which are made available through the latest software upgrade. This latest update offers new features including, NextGen components such as Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) compliance, user-defined holding patterns and the approval of optional equipment, which expands global operational capability. New…

Value Added: New Textron Aviation Paris Service Center Now Open

Textron Aviation Inc. celebrated the opening of its larger, state-of-the-art Paris Service Center at Paris-Le Bourget Airport, boasting complete maintenance and repair capability for Citation business jets and Beechcraft King Air turboprops. According to the company, the new facility is three times larger than the original – 156,000 square-feet, including a 42,000 square-foot service bay…

Technically… Customer Service magazine

From Model Communiqué # KA-2015-02 issued in March 2015: ATA 00 – General Textron Aviation has released the first edition of its new Customer Service magazine – the Direct Approach! Download the magazine to get the latest technical news, read about other Textron Aviation customers, and discover which product upgrades are available for your model.…