Blog : Maintenance Tip

Heated Argument – More on Prop Heat

It’s good to know that people are reading my articles. My last one, about prop heat in the February 2019 issue of King Air, generated some discussion in the King Air section of an online forum. Ice Slams A King Air pilot in Alaska shared his experience. Obviously, he gets into icing conditions all the…

Prop Heat

Prop Heat

I got a call from a King Air pilot I know well. He used to fly a model 90 and brought it in to my shop for many years. Now he flies a 200 with four-blade Hartzell props. We got reacquainted last year during the pre-buy on this 200. The aircraft is working out well,…

Looking at Pressurization

Looking at Pressurization

True story: I traveled to Texas to check out a King Air at the tail end of its pre-buy inspection. Phases I-IV had been done and the squawks had been addressed. My job was to put my eyeballs on the airplane, do the final ground runs and go on the acceptance flight. When I asked…

Autofeather Review

I see a lot of questions about the King Air’s autofeather system in online discussions. It’s not just the newly minted King Air pilots that are asking. Many a King Air pilot with plenty of hours under their belt have had the occasional “synapse lapse,” so I thought a basic review of autofeather would be…

Maintenance Tip: Summer Heat and Engine Problems (Reprise)

Recently, I’ve heard from several King Air owners who read this magazine and called me about my articles. All of these guys are fairly new to the world of King Airs and asked if some of my earlier articles could be run again. Even some longtime readers of this magazine requested a “refresh” on some…

Maintenance Tip: The Parking Brake

We all know the “Do’s and Don’ts” of parking brakes. Don’t set it when you pull into an FBO for any length of time, because they will likely tow your King Air to another spot. I’ve seen the entire nose gear assembly ripped out of a King Air by an over-zealous line guy. I guess…

Maintenance Tip: Engine Split Rings Revisited

I’ve looked at a lot of King Airs in my day, and one of the things I always check is the split ring placement. Many times, I find them correctly installed on the engine exhaust port flange. But I still see some installed on the exhaust stack flange, and this is a big “no-no.” Back…

Maintenance Tip: Maintenance Records – Logbooks

Maintenance Tip: Maintenance Records – Logbooks

In recent months I have been swamped with buyers considering King Airs for purchase. They have asked me to scrutinize the logbooks to figure out where the aircraft is maintenance-wise. In doing so, I encountered some really frustrating situations that could have been avoided if the log entries were clear, concise and complete. Over the…

Maintenance Tip: Things to Ponder When Considering a New Paint Job

Maintenance Tip: Things to Ponder When Considering a New Paint Job

Thinking of having your King Air painted? No doubt the first thing that comes to mind is the cost. New paint is pricey, and you’ll want to shop around. For a 90 series King Air you could see quotes ranging from $25,000 to $50,000, or more. With bigger aircraft and custom paint schemes, it only…

Maintenance Tip: Brakes – OEM versus STC

All King Airs come out of the factory with BFGoodrich brakes, and most come with a multi-disc brake assembly. The only exceptions were the F90s and the 100s (straight A and B models) with standard gear, which came with a single-disc brake assembly by BFGoodrich (BFG). The multi-disc brakes by BFG have excellent stopping capability, but…