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Ask the Expert: King Air “Gotchas”

This article originally appeared in the September 2013 issue of this magazine. Some questions that I have recently received lead me to believe it is time for a repeat. Additionally, I have added a comment about the Shock Link in the nose wheel steering mechanism. I am often asked by pilots transitioning into a King…

Ask the Expert: Heater Operation (and ADF Tuning)

Darn it, the heater is out! Now that we have been in winter’s icy grip (well, here in Phoenix, it’s more like a warming caress!), your King Air’s heater is probably getting some use. This discussion applies to the electric heater in C90s (and all the C90 variants), E90s, F90s, 100s, A100s, and B100s. In…

Ask the Expert: The Autopilot’s IAS Mode

If your particular autopilot/flight director system does not have the IAS mode – the mode that adjusts pitch attitude to hold a particular Indicated Airspeed – then this article is not for you. Turn the page; I’ll see you next month. But for those who have this mode, let’s talk a bit about its usefulness.…

Ask the Expert: Rambling Replies

Ask the Expert: Rambling Replies

When readers send a question to me or Kim Blonigen, our editor, I try to respond directly without delay. Some questions concern a specific item that affects so few operators that publishing the reply here in my monthly column would merely be wasting ink. However, some questions lend themselves to a wider audience. This month…

Ask the Expert: Parking Brake…Yay or Nay?

Do you use your King Air’s parking brake regularly? I surely do, but I have observed that quite a few King Air pilots do not. Why? I believe that the reluctance to use the parking brake comes from our first training flights, such as in a Cessna 172. “Don’t use that. It’s unreliable and doesn’t…

Ask the Expert: Your Most Dangerous Flight

Ask the Expert: Your Most Dangerous Flight

KAG II – the second King Air Gathering that was held at the Stevens Aviation facility in Dayton, Ohio (KDAY) on September 29-30, 2017 – was a great success with a full complement of King Air pilot attendees, sponsors, and presenters. (Editor’s Note: More details of KAG II on page 11.) I was honored to…

Ask the Expert: Lighten Up!

Ask the Expert: Lighten Up!

No, I am not talking about your morose attitude. (Although converting that downer into an upper will probably make you a much more pleasant cockpit occupant.) Instead, I am talking about lightening up the weight on the nose tire during the takeoff roll. Some airplanes exhibit a strong tendency to create nose-down force during the…

Ask the Expert: The Crossover Duct … and Why it was Eliminated

“Out of sight, out of mind.” That can be one description of the topic for this month’s article: The crossover duct. Take a look at the image below, showing the forward portion of a model 90’s environmental system. Do you see that dark blue and light blue tube that crosses from left to right, on…