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The King Air Market: More Complicated Than Ever – by Chip McClure

The King Air Market: More Complicated Than Ever – by Chip McClure

It’s been a full year since I last wrote an article for this magazine about the market for King Airs. At that time, I was confident in my assertions and the market in general. In fact, the market had been as stable as I had seen it … almost predictable. We’re all accustomed to ever…

Bucket Lists, Part III: Be a Box Checker!

Bucket Lists, Part III: Be a Box Checker!

Author’s Note: The following is the third installment in a series of articles which will resonate most with King Air corporate and charter pilots, but can apply to the owner/pilot, as well. After all, making the most of layovers and planned or unplanned travel downtime is a goal any pilot can pursue. If you have…

Unexpected Career – Chance encounter reveals flight path

Unexpected Career – Chance encounter reveals flight path

Growing up, Joe Casey had no idea he’d own an aircraft-related company one day. It was really a fluke that he discovered aviation at all. “When I graduated from college with my non-aviation degree, I didn’t have a plan of what I was going to do,” he explains. “I decided to drive halfway to the…

Trip Report: Death Valley Offers a Unique Getaway

Trip Report: Death Valley Offers a Unique Getaway

While covering only 26 miles in a 1.5-hour drive, we’d seen exactly one other vehicle. The temperature hovered in the mid-90s and the reflective surface of the dry lakebed caused me to squint behind my sunglasses. I encouraged my kids to take in the scene. Here we were, miles from anywhere, to­gether, yet alone, standing…

Mission 2 – Special Wheels Up fleet spreads charities’ important missions

Mission 2 – Special Wheels Up fleet spreads charities’ important missions

Starting with the first Beechcraft King Air 350i that Wheels Up took delivery of in 2013, all but four of the 72 King Airs to join the fleet of the private aviation company have the same stylish blue and white paint scheme featuring the word “UP” on the tail. Those exceptions are the aircraft that…

Bucket Lists, Part II:  Be a Box Checker!

Bucket Lists, Part II: Be a Box Checker!

Author’s Note: The following is the second installment in a series of articles which may resonate with King Air corporate and charter pilots as it relates to making the most of travel downtime. But it can also apply to the owner/pilot, whether it’s making a stop on the way to a planned destination or adding…

King Air Gathering IV From a First-timer’s Perspective

King Air Gathering IV From a First-timer’s Perspective

It was with great interest that I attended King Air Gathering IV, hosted by the King Air Academy in September at Fredericksburg, Texas. As an active, general aviation instructor and FAA Designated Pilot Examiner, I usually get to be the trainer instead of the trainee, so this was going to be of particular pleasure for…

Exploring the Limits of Flying Under Part 91

When you were a kid, or maybe even later in life, someone you trusted probably cautioned you about opportunities that look too good to be true; sometimes they are. That kind of advice usually focused on promised riches in exchange for relatively innocent commitments of time or resources. As pilots and aircraft owners, we’re way…

Rendezvous  in Riverton – Pilot connects two Wyoming families for King Air partnership

Rendezvous in Riverton – Pilot connects two Wyoming families for King Air partnership

Like any relationship, co-ownership of an airplane can be a great partnership when there’s good communication and a healthy amount of respect between all parties. Two Wyoming families have formed what they describe as a near-perfect relationship through a 1981 Beechcraft King Air 200 thanks to a pilot who brought them together four years ago…