Current Issue – King Air Magazine

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Service Bulletin MTB-34-03: Navigation – TDR-94D ATC Transponder Strapping Change for King Air B300 and B300C Configured for 15,500 or Greater Max Takeoff Weight Date: July 14, 2020 Effectivity: Super King Air B300, Serial Numbers FL-381, FL-383 through FL-953, FL-955 through FL-1009, FL-1011 through FL1030: Only applicable to airplanes with a maximum takeoff weight of…

FAA Approves Additional PWI LED Lights for King Airs

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced the PMAs (Parts Manufacturing Approval) of PWI’s LED lighting for use in additional aircraft, including King Airs. The 1495 bulb replacement LED reading light was approved for the Beechcraft King Air B200T and B200CT and the 1308 LED replacement reading light in the King Air C90, C90A, C90GT, E90,…

Blackhawk Announces New XR Upgrade Kit for the King Air 350 Series

Blackhawk Aerospace announced the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval of their new XR Upgrade Kit for the King Air 350 series. The XR Kit optimizes a stock King Air 350 series aircraft by increasing Max Gross Takeoff Weight to 16,500 pounds and maintaining a Basic Aircraft Empty Weight that is 220…

A Rare Travel Air: The Type BH/3000

In 1926 the Travel Air Manufacturing Company offered pilots the “Type BH” biplane powered by the superb Hispano-Suiza V-8 engine. In an effort to expand the Travel Air Manufacturing Company’s product line, Walter Beech and the engineering department mated the proven Type “B” airframe with the war-surplus Hispano-Suiza engine rated at 180 horsepower. Following the…

Rudder Boost Ramblings

W hy do some King Airs have the Rudder Boost (RB) system installed and others do not? No, the answer is not that Rudder Boost was an extra-cost option, similar to a particular piece of avionics. Instead, some models were certified with RB as standard equipment and others were not. From the first King Air…

Troubleshooting Tips for King Air AC

How’s the air conditioning (AC) in your King Air right now? This time of year, my phone is burning up with air conditioning problems due to everything from low Freon to the dreaded Black Death. If your AC is acting up a little or not working at all, there are things an owner/operator can check…

King Air Gathering 2020 Cancelled

Due to unprecedented circumstances during these unpredictable COVID-19 times, the King Air Gathering (KAG), scheduled to take place October 22-24 in Wichita, Kansas, has been postponed to a yet to be determined date in 2021. Safety is a strong foundation that pilots live by and based on what local, state and federal officials are recommending…

“Gitchigami” – Flying to and Touring Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Even on a warm and calm day, the power and danger of Lake Superior is palpable. The largest fresh water lake on earth, its enormity can be appreciated from nearly any perspective. Whether flying above it, strolling along a sandy beach, perched high on a shoreline cliff, or crossing in a large ship or ferryboat,…