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From Beechcraft Service Bulletin # MTB-52-01 Revision

From Beechcraft Service Bulletin # MTB-52-01 Revision Date: October 8, 2018 Date of Original: April 12, 2018 Revision Purpose: To expand Effectivity. Revision Compliance: NO EFFECT. Airplanes previously modified by this service bulletin are not affected by this revision. Doors – Inside Airstair Door Handle Snap Ring Modification Effectivity: King Air 90 (applicable variants within…

CenTex Offers King Air 200 HST Package

CenTex Aerospace is offering a King Air 200 HST package that combines the Halo 275 and ST120 saddle tank conversion kits. The package is priced at $260,000 (not including installation) which the company says provides a savings of $25,500. The HST package supports the King Air 200 with high-flotation landing gear with an MTOW of…

Advent Aircraft Systems Granted STC for Reduced Take-Off Field Length for King Air B300/B300C

Advent Aircraft Systems has received FAA approval of a revision to the Aircraft Flight Manual (AFM) for King Air B300/B300C aircraft equipped with the Advent eABS™.  The revision offers up to seven percent reduction in Take-Off Field Length (TOFL) at higher, hotter and/or heavier conditions due to improvements in accelerate-stop performance. This reduction can equate…

Aircraft Belts Inc. Now Offers King Air 350/350i Replacement Restraints

Aircraft Belts, Inc. (ABI) is now offering complete OEM substitute four-point crew and three-point passenger restraints for the King Air 350 and 350i series aircraft. The ABI restraints are TSO-approved and considered functionally similar substitute equipment sufficient to replace the original equipment as a minor alteration. ABI offers: Custom Design – length, color*, fittings and…

Rockwell Collins Offers FlightAware’s AireonSM Space-based ADS-B Flight Tracking

Rockwell Collins is now offering AireonSM space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) flight tracking to its business aviation customers, a first for the company. The flight tracking solution is the result of integrating Rockwell Collins’ ARINCDirectSM solution and FlightAware’s terrestrial ADS-B network. The Aireon network is hosted on the Iridium NEXT constellation of satellites,…

FlyRight Announces Partnership with Blackhawk Modifications, and New Crew Training

FlyRight, an FAA-approved Part-142 pilot Training Center has partnered with Blackhawk Modifications to provide simulator-based training services for owners and operators of aircraft equipped with industry-leading Blackhawk Engine+ Upgrades. FlyRight currently provides initial and recurrent pilot training for the Beechcraft King Air 90 through 350 series. FlyRight has incorporated Blackhawk’s per-formance advantages into their simulator…

PWI LED Lighting Now Available Through AvFab

Aviation Fabricators (AvFab) has officially become an Authorized PWI Products Distributor for the entire line of LED lighting products. PWI is excited to join forces with AvFab, an FAA/CRS and FAA/PMA authorized company. AvFab offers customers a variety of products ranging from Special Missions upgrades and aftermarket seating upgrades to their famous pleated window shades.…

Garmin Begins Integration between FltPlan.com and Garmin Pilot

Garmin International, Inc. announced the initial phase of integration between the Garmin Pilot™ app and the FltPlan.com web portal. As a result of Garmin’s acquisition of FltPlan.com in August, both companies have made rapid progress in merging portfolios. Beginning in mid-October, pilots can use FltPlan.com for pre-flight planning and filing, and automatically view the same…

Travel Air’s Last Hurrah

Late in 1928 Walter H. Beech authorized development of the four-place Type 10 cabin monoplane, but by 1930 America’s deepening economic debacle had almost wiped out the once booming market for new airplanes. Fact: The aviation business is cyclical. Any pilot, mechanic, airframe or engine manufacturer, as well as companies operating under FAR Part 91,…

War Stories: Part Four

I am continuing more of my personal King Air “war stories” for this month’s article. Automatic Unfeathering We all know how worthwhile the wonderful King Air autofeather system is, right? What you may not realize, however, is that numerous King Airs also have an automatic unfeathering system. This first came to light for me when we…

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…

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…