Blog : Maintenance Tip

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…

Maintenance Tip: Beware of Black Death

Maintenance Tip: Beware of Black Death

During the hot summer months, nearly everyone is running their air conditioner, and it would be an awful thing for it to stop working. Black Death could be the culprit and it isn’t what you want to happen to your King Air. Black Death is a sludgy disgusting goo that gums up the air conditioning…

Maintenance Tip: The King Air Cabin Door, Part Two

Maintenance Tip: The King Air Cabin Door, Part Two

I just wrote about the cabin door in the February 2017 issue of this magazine, but I thought of a few more points I could make on this topic. To summarize briefly where I left off: If a King Air has a cabin door squawk, nine times out of 10 it is going to be…

Maintenance Tip: The King Air Cabin Door

I have a customer that had a cabin door problem for two-and-a-half years. He kept receiving the cabin door warning light on the annunciator panel when he was in flight, but never on the ground. When the light came on, it was never at the same altitude and happened at various times throughout the flight…