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Unity of Effort-OSA-A unifies non-executive, fixed-wing operations for the U.S. Army

Unity of Effort-OSA-A unifies non-executive, fixed-wing operations for the U.S. Army

Wherever you are in the world, there’s likely a Beechcraft King Air near you that is flying under the coordination of the United States Army Operational Support Airlift Activity (OSA-A). OSA-A plans, coordinates and conducts non-executive airlift for soldiers, civilians and light cargo for the Army, the Department of Defense and other government agencies. The…

King Air Gathering III: Biggest One to Date

King Air Gathering III: Biggest One to Date

The King Air Academy’s third King Air Gathering (KAG) was the largest one yet with 80 people attending and 42 King Airs flying in that filled the ramp at Gillespie County Airport (T82). Held Sept. 28-29, 2018, the Hangar Hotel and Conference Center located on T82 at Fredericksburg, Texas, was the perfect setup to hold…

Purpose Reflected

Purpose Reflected

Paint scheme mirrors nonprofit’s aim to raise HIV awareness Air traffic controllers, FBO personnel, fellow pilots and passengers have all commented about the striking paint scheme on the 2008 Beechcraft King Air B200GT owned and operated by CAN Community Health, Inc. Getting people to notice the aircraft is exactly what the organization’s leaders wanted when…

The Fastest King Air: Blackhawk’s XP67A 350

The Fastest King Air: Blackhawk’s XP67A 350

The Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67A turbo-propeller engine. That’s a mouthful! However, for an experienced King Air pilot, the various versions of the iconic PT6 powerplant roll off the tongue with ease. Memorizing which version they operate and the shaft horsepower (SHP) and equivalent SHP (ESHP) ratings of it are mandatory for King Air pilots.…

King Air Gathering III

King Air Gathering III

September 28-29, 2018 Fredericksburg, Texas (T82) There are still a few spots remaining for King Air Gathering III, presented by the King Air Academy. Even if you’ve attended a previous Gathering, attendees always learn something new from the seminars, and sometimes from other pilots and operators they meet. The seminars are scheduled for September 28-29,…

Pipeline for Communication

Pipeline for Communication

200 equipped with Airtext allows pipeliners to connect with customers, one other Don’t ask Charlie Joyce to pin down one example of when having a Beechcraft King Air 200 has improved communication for Otis Eastern Service LLC, the largest northeast United States-based pipeline construction contractor. “In our business, it happens daily,” said the 67-year-old chairman…

New Zealand’s Super Hero

New Zealand’s Super Hero

The King Air is Essential for Flying Doctor Service’s Critical Missions The New Zealand Flying Doctor Service (NZFDS) is the fixed wing division of GCH Aviation that provides inter-hospital transfers of patients nationwide for two districts located in New Zealand’s South Island. The nation’s health care system is centralized due to the country’s size in…

King Air Gathering III

King Air Gathering III

September 28-29, 2018, Fredricksburg, Texas (T82) Although the next King Air Gathering is still a few months away, King Air operators are already registering. The event is being held September 28-29, 2018 at the Hangar Hotel Conference Center located right on Gillespie County Airport (T82) at Fredricksburg, Texas. Conferences will be held Friday and Saturday…

A Closer Look at NextGen

A Closer Look at NextGen

NextGen is an ambitious undertaking that is meant to modernize the national airspace system of the United States to accomplish a number of goals. It has several technology components that we hear about as we all strive to stay informed in our industry. It is my hope that this article will provide some useful information…