Current Issue – King Air Magazine

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Issued: August 2017 ATA 20 – Ballast – Engine and Propeller Removed All During regular maintenance, there are times that removal of the propellers and engines is required. This configuration leaves the airplane in a tail-heavy condition causing concerns that the tail would settle; especially if the airplane is undergoing other maintenance requiring maintenance personnel…

Value Added: Straight Flight Named Raisbeck Dealer

Raisbeck Engineering announced it has named Straight Flight, a subsidiary of Sierra Nevada Corporation, as an authorized Raisbeck dealer in a move to strengthen and provide added value to Beechcraft King Air owners and operators. Located in Englewood, Colo. at Centennial Airport, Straight Flight has spent nearly 30 years in the aviation industry, and specializes…

Value Added: Hartzell Propeller Creates Composite Blade Pre-flight Check Video for Pilots

Hartzell has added to its series of how-to videos and the newest one covers the evaluation of structural composite propeller blades by describing the ins and outs of composite prop pre-flight checks for pilots. Hartzell’s composite expert Kevin Ryan walks pilots through the pre-flight step-by-step, including a discussion of nicks, gouges and paint erosion caused…

Value Added: Foreflight 9.3 Adds Route Options, Step Climbs

ForeFlight has released Version 9.3 of its aviation app which includes several additional capabilities. The Route Advisory tool now gives a visual preview of all route options on an interactive map. The Route Preview map also appears in the Flights view form-based planner to pro­vide a quick visual reference of the route. The app’s per­formance…

Value Added: Rectrix MRO Named Authorized Rockwell Collins Dealer

Rectrix MRO, an FAA Part 145 Repair Station located at Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport (KBAF) in Westfield, Massachusetts, is now an authorized dealer for Rockwell Collins. The designation expands the capabilities of the Rectrix MRO (maintenance, repair, and overhaul) division to now include sales and installations of new Rockwell Collins-manufactured cockpit avionics and cabin electronics as…

Value Added: NBAA Announces 2018 Regional Forum Locations

Every year the NBAA hosts three Regional Forums in different locations that bring local business aircraft owners, operators, manufacturers, customers and other business aviation professionals to share knowledge, discuss issues affecting the region and learn how business aviation can help companies succeed. The forums feature vendor exhibits and a static display of aircraft, as well…

Value Added: Advent Announces Promotion on eABS Anti-Skid Braking System

Advent Aircraft Systems has launched a world-wide “Get Ready for Winter” promotion of its advanced technology eABS™ anti-skid braking system for all King Air B200/B300 aircraft. The promotion offers a $3,000 cash rebate directly to any operator who commits to the purchase of Advent’s eABS by October 31, 2017 and has the installation completed by…

Value Added: Raisbeck Engineering Receives STC Approval for Composite Five-Blade Swept Propellers

As announced in the last issue of King Air magazine, Raisbeck Engineering and Hartzell Propeller collaborated on a new composite five-blade swept propeller for the Beechcraft King Air 350, and it has recently received STC approval from the FAA. According to the companies, the composite five-blade swept propeller is designed to improve King Air comfort,…

The Best Bonanza Ever?

Starting with the Model E33A, in 1968 Beech Aircraft engineers dug deep into their airframe “cook book” to create the company’s most popular and versatile Bonanza – the Model 36 series. “The biggest, most versatile Bonanza ever built.” That was how Beech Aircraft Corporation described the new Model 36 Bonanza when it was certified in…

Ask the Expert: Propeller Restraints – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

As you have experienced, the propeller on the PT6A engine series turns very freely. Even a child using a little finger can spin it quite easily in the hangar or on the ramp due to the fact the PT6 is a “free turbine” engine in which the propeller shaft is not physically connected to the…

Aviation Issues: What’s Happening in Aviation

ATC Proposal May be Headed to a Vote Soon The latest hearsay regarding the ATC Proposal is that a vote may soon be on the Senate floor – the “first few weeks of October,” but we’ve heard many predictions before. Not only are the general aviation groups still voicing their opposition, but now there are…

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…

Fast as Lightning

Texas businessman quickly ramps up use of bizav Mark Hicks probably isn’t the first business owner to credit road construction with pushing him into aircraft ownership but he might be one of the fastest at ramping up his involvement in business aviation. Within four years, the owner of Hicks Lightning Protection in Dallas went from…