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Understanding VOR in the Era of GPS

Understanding VOR in the Era of GPS

I already know what most readers are thinking, “Why should I care about VORs anymore?” Global Positioning System (GPS) has become the default form of navigation for all segments of general aviation (GA), while ILS and RNAV/GPS (with vertical guidance) approaches have become the norm at both large and small airports. Chances are, most of…

Save the Date! King Air Gathering Sept. 23-26, 2021

Mark your calendars to attend The King Air Gathering (KAG) 2021 being held at The Beechcraft Museum, situated adjacent to the Tullahoma, Tennessee, Regional Airport (THA), Sept. 23-26. King Air owners and operators who have attended previous Gatherings enjoy the knowledge they get from the educational speakers, being able to talk one-on-one to King Air-specific…

King Air Family  Expands – Meet the Beechcraft King Air 260

King Air Family Expands – Meet the Beechcraft King Air 260

With an occupancy of up to nine, a maximum range of 1,720 nautical miles and a top cruise speed of 310 ktas, the Beechcraft King Air 200 series aircraft has long been the aircraft of choice for customers around the world. Textron Aviation says the King Air 260 combines the platform’s rich history of rugged…

Stopover, Daytrip or Longer …Discover South Carolina’s Historic Treasures

Stopover, Daytrip or Longer …Discover South Carolina’s Historic Treasures

So much has been written about the aviation history of North Carolina that one wonders what is left to be covered there. One of its state mottos is “First in Flight” with obvious reference to the Wright Brother’s history making flight testing and ultimate successes in the Outer Banks, Kittyhawk and Kill Devil Hills areas.…

Everyone Speaks C-12

Everyone Speaks C-12

While most civilians are unaware of a small group of guardsmen flying in a West Virginia training schoolhouse, the Fixed Wing Army National Guard Aviation Training Site – or FWAATS – is well-known and well respected among United States Army aviators. “What’s great about FWAATS is that you’re actually flying an airplane,” Chief Warrant Officer…

LifeSave(r)- King Air Proves to be a Perfect Patient Transport Aircraft

LifeSave(r)- King Air Proves to be a Perfect Patient Transport Aircraft

The altimeter climbed through 1,000 feet as the aircraft began a controlled turn to the left. The back of the aircraft, which once held an executive interior, has been replaced with a myriad of medical devices and purpose kept seats. Passengers now include medical professionals and a patient on a gurney connected to tubes and…

King Air Community Loses Fellow Owner, Visionary,  Avid Flyer … Friend

King Air Community Loses Fellow Owner, Visionary, Avid Flyer … Friend

On August 20, King Air Academy Founder Ron McCalister was killed when his 1984 King Air B200 crashed while trying to depart Rockford, Illinois (RFD). He was the only one on board. Ron had dreamed of becoming a pilot since his youth and loved to tell the story about just how committed he was to…

Your Most Dangerous Flight You Must Trust but Verify

Over the last several years of watching King Air pilots in both their aircraft and in the simulator, it is obvious that they typically have developed their own cockpit flows and use of checklists. As Tom Clements has outlined time and time again, when you are new to flying a King Air, the checklist should…

New King  Air 360 gets technology &  comfort upgrades

New King Air 360 gets technology & comfort upgrades

In a sign of these pandemic times, Textron Aviation last month launched the new flagship of the Beechcraft King Air family with online fanfare only. On Aug. 4, the company posted a 10-minute recorded video on its social media channels followed by distributing a press release with details of the King Air 360 and 360ER,…