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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,…

“Gitchigami” – Flying to and Touring Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

“Gitchigami” – Flying to and Touring Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Even on a warm and calm day, the power and danger of Lake Superior is palpable. The largest fresh water lake on earth, its enormity can be appreciated from nearly any perspective. Whether flying above it, strolling along a sandy beach, perched high on a shoreline cliff, or crossing in a large ship or ferryboat,…

Ramped Up – King Air 200 series’ ramp appeal impresses charter passengers

Ramped Up – King Air 200 series’ ramp appeal impresses charter passengers

While the experience piqued his interest in aircraft and planted the seed for learning to fly later in life, he never imagined that he’d one day operate an air charter business out of “The White Building” at Cardiff Airport, a facility that back then was the head office of the airline that was eventually absorbed…

Avoiding a Coronavirus Currency Crisis – Tips to Ward Off the Rust

Avoiding a Coronavirus Currency Crisis – Tips to Ward Off the Rust

As both an airline pilot and an active general aviation pilot, maintaining my various legal currency requirements to act as pilot in command (PIC) has historically been relatively easy. My airline simulator training and checkride events suffice to meet my Biennial Flight Review (BFR), Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC), and my 90-day multi-engine landing requirements (as…

“Unable” by Deanna Wallace

“Unable” by Deanna Wallace

Air traffic controllers are a mystery to some. Through time and experience, most pilots become comfortable talking to air traffic control (ATC) and operating fully within the national airspace system. They adeptly navigate through normal and special use airspace, arrival and departure procedures and instrument approaches into airports. As pilots, we take pride in being…

Pick of the Litter- AOPA Chief Mark Baker adds King Air F90 to his Fleet

Pick of the Litter- AOPA Chief Mark Baker adds King Air F90 to his Fleet

Mark Baker, head of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), reached the point in his flying and professional career in 2019 when he could choose any airplane he wanted. He chose a Beechcraft King Air F90. “If I were to go eeny, meeny, miny, moe on the ramp, I would have always wanted to…

Update Your Calendars: King Air Gathering 2020 Date Change

Update Your Calendars: King Air Gathering 2020 Date Change

The King Air Gathering (KAG) that was previously scheduled to be held in late August, has been moved to late October – specifically Oct. 22-24, 2020. The event is still being held in Wichita, Kansas, birthplace of the King Air. A brief, tentative schedule is as follows: Thursday, Oct. 22 – Arrivals and Blackhawk Aerospace…

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…