Revue Thommen, the Swiss avionics manufacturer (Booth No. 712), has announced that its AD32 air data display with autopilot alerter has been integrated into an RVSM package available for European-registered Hawker Beechcraft King Air twin turboprops. The European Aviation Safety Agency issued an STC for the package to Elliott Aviation of the U.S.
Beechcraft King Air
Business jet shipments worldwide increased 12 percent in the first quarter of this year over the same period last year, according to a report released Friday by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). The association said that the industry delivered 211 aircraft between January 1 and March 31, compared with 188 in the same period last year.
Deliveries of the Beech King Air C90GT, a more powerful version of the C90B intended to compete with the impending very light jets (VLJs), are scheduled to start in December. Two 750-shp Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-135 turboprop engines will replace the current 550-shp PT6A-21s, boosting top speed to 270 knots from 240 knots and cutting in half the time it takes to reach 30,000 feet.
Raytheon Aircraft delivered 35 business jets and 27 King Airs in the second quarter of this year compared with the delivery of 28 jets and 22 King Airs in the same period last year, according to Raytheon’s quarterly financial report released this morning. The increase in jet shipments was solely the result of more deliveries of Hawker 400XPs.
Deliveries of new turbine business airplanes in the first half of this year increased by more than 31 percent compared with the same period last year, according to the latest shipment report from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released Thursday evening. The report shows that OEMs delivered 100 more airplanes (87 jets and 13 turboprops) in the first six months of this year than in the same time last year.
L-3 Avionics Systems anticipates gaining STC approval for its Iris enhanced-vision system (EVS) this month after the successful conclusion of flight testing in a King Air C90. FAA parts manufacturing approval should follow soon afterward, clearing the way for installations in customer airplanes.
BEECH KING AIR E90, GALESBURG, ILL., JAN. 8, 2004–During climbout from Galesburg Municipal Airport (GBG) at about 2:27 p.m., King Air N48TA sustained substantial damage when the cabin door opened in flight, became separated and struck the empennage. The nonscheduled domestic passenger flight, headed for Mountain Empire Airport (MKJ) near Marion, Va., was operated by Tidewater Aero under Part 135.
Raytheon Aircraft received Part 23 commuter category certification of a King Air 350, a milestone in the company’s plan eventually to offer a Model 350ER special-mission version of the twin turboprop. This new aircraft has been modified with a heftier landing gear, as well as several other airframe mods, permitting it to operate at an mtow of 16,500 pounds, 1,500 pounds more than that of a standard 350.
Boundary Layer Research, the Everett, Wash. company that developed winglets for the Beech Duke some 10 years ago, is now designing winglets for King Air 200s and 300s. A prototype has been flying since late last summer. An announcement sent in December to King Air operators to gauge their interest in such a modification garnered an “overwhelming” response, claimed company president Bob Desroche.
All three crewmembers were killed when their King Air B90, N777KU, crashed February 17 near Dodge City Regional Airport, Kan. The twin turboprop, being operated by EagleMed, a division of Wichita-based charter operator Ballard Aviation, was returning to its home base at Dodge City from Wichita when it went down at about 3:30 a.m. Killed were pilot Brandon Bow, paramedic Jonathan Dye and nurse Jennifer Hauptman.