Captain and A-10 Warthog pilot–Arkansas Air National Guard
AT-6 test and demonstration pilot Hawker Beechcraft
Beechcraft King Air
BLR Aerospace has named Heritage Aviation of Burlington, Vt., an authorized dealer for its King Air winglets. Heritage Aviation, a 79,000-sq-ft green FBO with maintenance and avionics capabilities, joins a global network of 21 dealers with service facilities in 35 locations.
Depressed used aircraft values have stalled sales of some re-engine programs, but their providers insist that they remain good values because of the dramatic increases in aircraft efficiency and performance they provide.
Elliott Aviation of Moline, Ill., is celebrating its 75th anniversary at NBAA by increasing its capability, passing on “significant” savings to customers and giving visitors to its booth (No. 7127) an opportunity to enter a contest for a chance to win $75,000.
Hawker Beechcraft has appointed Flightcraft of Portland, Ore., as an authorized service center for King Airs and piston-powered models. Flightcraft is an FBO and operates a charter/management division, as well as offering airframe, component and propeller maintenance, avionics installations and repair and parts support. The company, owned by heavy equipment dealers The Papé Group, also owns an FBO in Eugene, Ore.
A study performed by research firm Conklin & de Decker for GE Aviation found “significantly increased operating efficiency, reduced variable costs and net savings” for buyers of the Power 90 engine upgrade. The Power 90 program replaces the King Air C90’s original Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-20/21 engines with the GE M601E-11A. Smyrna Air Center of Tennessee owns the STC for conversion of the King Air to the M601E.
For the seventh straight quarter, total deliveries of business jets and turboprops declined year-to-year, according to the second-quarter statistics released last month by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). However, industry billings, which totaled $9.4 billion, rose by a modest 0.2 percent, the second straight quarter showing an increase.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air B100, Quebec City, Canada, June 23, 2010–After the pilot reported experiencing problems with the right engine on takeoff and an inability to climb, the twin turboprop crashed into a residential neighborhood as the crew was attempting to return the Canadian-registered aircraft to Jean-Lesage Airport. All five passengers on the charter flight died, along with the two crewmembers.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air C90, Fort Worth, Texas, June 3, 2010–The King Air, owned and operated by the FAA, was substantially damaged when the nose landing gear collapsed on landing at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. While cycling the gear during an inspector currency flight, the crew reported hearing a loud bang and observed a “gear unsafe” indication.
Hawker Beechcraft Services (HBS) is now offering winglets for the King Air C90. Installation is available through HBS’s network of factory-owned service centers. According to the company, the King Air 90x upgrade allows a max takeoff weight increase and enhances King Air 90 handling/range/payload capability.