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King Air Electrical Systems Evolution

This article first appeared in the January 2012 issue of this magazine. It is also a chapter in The King Air Book – Volume II. It is significant enough to merit reprinting here both to enlighten newer readers, as well as to provide a review for seasoned King Air veterans. The original King Air, the…

Catching the Cabin … and Vice Versa

Catching the Cabin … and Vice Versa

Are you familiar with the title’s term, “Catching the Cabin?” It usually refers to the action, in a descent, of having the airplane’s altitude match the cabin’s altitude. Why does this happen? Three reasons come to mind. First, the pilot forgets to set the cabin altitude properly for the landing condition. Especially when flying as…

Looking Without Seeing

Looking Without Seeing

Still being an active motorcycle rider at age 75 – I know, I know, I’m crazy! – it is quite disturbing to read nearly on a monthly basis about a motorcycle involved in an accident with a car in which the car driver is reported to have said, “I never saw him! He wasn’t there…

Where’s Your Right  Hand at Rotation?

Where’s Your Right Hand at Rotation?

As I write this near the end of August 2020, the “ADS Crash” thread on the BeechTalk forum is approaching 100 pages. As most of you know, in June 2019 a tragic accident occurred  at Addison airport (KADS) in Dallas, Texas. A nearly new King Air 350i departing on a flight to Florida, crashed into…

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…

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…

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…

Tips for Using the  C90 Fuel System

Tips for Using the C90 Fuel System

The fuel system on the new C90GTx models that are being delivered in the year 2020 is nearly identical to the fuel system that first appeared on the King Air A90 when it made its appearance in 1966 … a “mere” 54 years ago. The A90’s predecessor – the Straight 90, the first King Air…

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…