Membership-based private aviation start-up Wheels Up unveiled the exterior livery for its planned fleet of Beechcraft King Air 350i turboprops. France’s Happy Design Studio devised the blue-and-white paint scheme for the New York-based company in just 15 days. Wheels Up placed firm orders and options on 105 King Air 350is last month and expects deliveries to begin next month.
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Beechcraft appointed Delhi-based Arrow Aircraft Sales and Charters as its sole distributor for India. The aircraft manufacturer, which previously handled the Indian market from Singapore, is also preparing to appoint an India-based executive. The new partnership with Arrow was launched on Monday along with a seven-day regional demonstrator tour to showcase the King Air 250 in Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Bhubaneshwar. Some 70 King Airs are already flying in India, and Beechcraft says many of those operators are looking to upgrade their aircraft.
Beechcraft’s primary focus at this week’s JetExpo show will be on helping prospective Russian clients shake off any misgivings they might have about traveling in twin-turboprop aircraft. The U.S. manufacturer is displaying a King Air 350i and and C90GTx at Moscow’s Vnukovo-3 Airport and it will be emphasizing the superior operational flexibility and economics that these aircraft can deliver.
Beechcraft and its aftermarket service and support organization, Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support, appointed Air Service Basel in Switzerland as an authorized service center for the company’s King Air series. The designation allows the facility to provide King Air line and base maintenance. The company, which began operations in 1967, is an FBO, as well as an EASA- and FAA-approved maintenance organization and repair station at Euroairport Basel-Mulhouse in Switzerland.
Total GA airplane billings in the first half of the year reached $10.4 billion, an increase of more than 25 percent over the same period last year, according to statistics released last month by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). The tally marks the first time since 2008 that the industry revenue has exceeded $10 billion in the first half of the year.
BLR Aerospace has appointed Premium Jet as Brazilian dealer for its winglet modifications for the Beechcraft King Air family. The Part 145-approved repair station, based at Afonso Pena International Airport in Curitiba, is approved to sell and install winglets and LED lights for the King Air 90, 200 and 300 series twin turboprops. The performance-enhancing modification has already been approved by Brazil’s ANAC aviation authority.
Raisbeck Engineering named Argentina’s Aero Baires its newest authorized dealer. The designation allows Aero Baires to install all of Raisbeck’s King Air mods. The MRO is also a Beechcraft dealer and authorized service center. “We have been related to the Beech family since 1947. I believe this new venture will be of mutual success for both parties and we look forward to a long, prosperous relationship,” said Aero Baires president Jimmy Smith.
Raisbeck Engineering has come to LABACE to show off its new swept-blade turbofan propellers for the Beechcraft King Air 200 family. The new propellers received certification from the Brazilian civil aviation authorities in June and last month the European Aviation Safety Agency granted its approval as well.
Three aircraft modification specialists with major markets in Latin America, and in particular in Brazil, have joined forces at the LABACE show with a one-stop-shop exhibit (Stand 5005) featuring performance-enhancing technologies. In many ways, the products offered by Blackhawk Modifications, BLR Aerospace and Raisbeck Engineering complement one another, and combined may result in even better performance results, according to the U.S. companies.
Elliott Aviation is installing its 100th King Air Garmin G1000 retrofit. In addition to the Garmin retrofit, the King Air B200 will receive new engines from Blackhawk, full paint, full interior, Raisbeck modifications, BLR winglets, LumaTech LED annunciator panels and Frakes exhaust.