Current Issue – King Air Magazine

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Service Letter MTL-27-01: Flight Controls – Control Column Master Link Aileron Interconnect Chain Inspection Issued: September 20, 2017 Effectivity: King Air Models – C90GTi, Serial Numbers LJ-2100 through LJ-2135; B200GT, Serial Numbers BY-203 through BY-277; B200, Serial Numbers BB-2020 through BB-2021; B200C, Serial Number BL-171; B200CGT, Serial Number BZ-1; B300C, Serial Numbers FM-56 through FM-69;…

Value Added: Raisbeck Engineering to Acquire Butterfield Industries

Last month Raisbeck Engineering Inc. announced its decision to sign a definitive acquisition agreement with Butterfield Industries for all of its products and STCs. The deal was anticipated to close on or before October 31, 2017. Butterfield Industries produces FAA approved replacement parts for numerous King Air models. Key products include: PMA Direct Replacement Floorboards,…

Value Added: Garmin Announces New Connext Packages Offering Expanded Value and Increased Flexibility for Customers

Garmin International, Inc. recently announced expanded Connext weather and data service packages that provide additional cost-effective pricing tiers offering all-inclusive rate plans designed to suit operational needs for global weather and connectivity. Aircraft equipped with the GSR 56 satellite datalink transceiver and compatible avionics can take advantage of these new rate plans starting as low…

Value Added: Nextant Aerospace Completes Certification Testing on G90XT

Nextant Aerospace has completed certification trials for the King Air G90XT’s new single-lever engine control system, which should lead to FAA certification – expected in November with EASA accreditation following soon after. The system allows each engine to be controlled with one lever, leaving pitch control to the Fadec. The G90XT also offers a 20-knot…

Value Added: MT-Propeller 5-blade Receives Acceptance from INAC Venezuela for Beech King Air 350

MT-Propeller Entwicklung GmbH has received the Letter of Acceptance of the FAA STC #SA03525NY for the next generation 5-blade scimitar composite propeller on the Beech King Air 300/350 Series powered by the P&WC PT6A-60A engines. The installation is also certified by EASA, Transport Canada and ANAC Brazil. The new 5-blade MT-Propellers provide a performance improvement…

Value Added: Increased Gross Weight Now Available for King Air 350

Aftermarket manufacturer CenTex Aerospace announced an addition to their line of STC-approved increased gross weight conversions called the Halo 350. With final approval expected December 2017, this new conversion for the Beechcraft King Air 350 increases the maximum takeoff weight from 15,000 to 15,950 pounds. King Air 350 operators will be able to load an…

Value Added: Straight Flight Joins Raisbeck Engineering’s Network of Dealers

Raisbeck Engineering 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 performing major repairs and…

Value Added: BLR Aerospace Names Four New Fixed-Wing Dealers

BLR Aerospace has four new additions to its fixed-wing dealer network for King Air and piston aircraft upgrades. The new dealers include AMK Aviation of Ontario, Canada; Rose Aircraft Services of Mena, Arkansas; Tiffin Aire of Tiffin, Ohio; and Upper Valley Aviation of British Columbia, Canada. BLR’s Winglet System is an aluminum wing tip, carbon…

Walter Beech and the Dole Race to Hawaii

Soon after “Lucky Lindy’s” solo flight from New York to Paris in May 1927, Wichita’s Travel Air Company was deluged with orders for airplanes capable of flying nonstop to Honolulu. Competing in the trans-Pacific free-for-all would be risky business, but Walter Beech welcomed the challenge. In June 1927, anyone walking past the office of Travel…

Ask the Expert: Your Most Dangerous Flight

KAG II – the second King Air Gathering that was held at the Stevens Aviation facility in Dayton, Ohio (KDAY) on September 29-30, 2017 – was a great success with a full complement of King Air pilot attendees, sponsors, and presenters. (Editor’s Note: More details of KAG II on page 11.) I was honored to…

KAGII

Packed with Knowledge and Enjoyment The second King Air Gathering (KAG) held September 29-30, 2017, at Stevens Aviation in Dayton, Ohio (KDAY) was deemed even more successful than the first Gathering. The event not only had information-packed seminars presented by King Air experts, but also provided optional activities of a tour of Hartzell Propeller Inc.,…

10 Unique Aviation Gift Ideas

Looking for a gift for a fellow pilot or making your own wish list for the holidays? Get inspiration from this collection of unique, aviation-related gifts. Some are Beechcraft or King Air specific, others are just cool gifts any aviation lover would appreciate. Taxiway light lamp Sporty’s Pilot Shop, known for its catalogs full of…

Note from the Editor

In the September issue of  King Air magazine, photo credit for the cover photo and the cover story “Perfect Pair” featuring Woodgate Aviation should have been given to Jim McGann Photography. Our apologies for the omission.

Pole Position

Former NASACAR driver owns and operates first King Air 350 with Pro Line II to Pro Line Fusion retrofit Loy Allen, Jr. made a name for himself in auto racing but for all of his life he has loved flying. Growing up in North Carolina, it’s not unusual that Allen started racing go karts as…