Beechcraft is now offering a factory-installed modification for King Air 250s that increases the mtow from 12,500 pounds to 13,420 pounds, providing 1,025 pounds of payload with full fuel. Aircraft with this option will be certified in the commuter category, meaning pilots will be required to have a type rating. The modification, developed with CenTex Aerospace of Waco, Texas, is also available as an aftermarket option for in-service King Air 250s via Textron Aviation’s factory-owned service centers
Beechcraft has received FAA certification for its new Hawker winglets, which deliver a 3- to 4-percent range increase to Beechjet 400A and Hawker 400XP aircraft, according to preliminary performance data. The winglets can be fitted to either model at Textron Aviation service centers.
Also announced this week is an order for the 400XPR upgrade package, including winglets. Guardian Flight has ordered six upgrade kits for its fleet, which is used for aeromedical evacuation services in Alaska. First deliveries are planned in the first half of next year.
Lighting specialist Luma Technologies introduced two new products aimed at the Beechcraft King Air family. Having developed its Lumatech series of LED-based caution/warning annunciator panels to meet the needs of 200- and 300-series King Airs, Luma has introduced a 45-station variant for the King Air C90. In conjunction with the Lumatech series, the company has also developed LED-based glareshield floodlights. The lights are available with three- or five-light bar assemblies that can “daisy-chain” using simple connectors and plug into existing power and control connections.
Lighting specialist Luma Technologies (Booth 1562) has introduced two new products aimed at the Beechcraft King Air family. Having developed its Lumatech series of LED-based caution/warning annunciator panels to meet the needs of larger King Air variants (200, 300, 350 and 1900D), Luma has introduced a 45-station variant for the King Air C90. As with all the Lumatech series, the King Air panel is designed as an easy-to-install drop-in replacement for older incandescent units.
Raisbeck Engineering is introducing new performance mods for Beechcraft King Air 90s and celebrating the arrival on the market of its aft fuselage locker for the Learjet 60. Company founder James Raisbeck told AIN that his firm is now studying Cessna Citations for possible modification opportunities.
Textron Aviation is showcasing its complete line of business jets and turboprops here at NBAA 2014, with all 12 models on display at Orlando Executive Airport, led by the debut appearance of the Cessna Latitude, its midsize jet currently undergoing certification.
Textron Aviation is showcasing its complete line of business jets and turboprops this week at NBAA 2014, with all 12 models on display at Orlando (Fla.) Executive Airport, led by the debut appearance of its midsize Cessna Latitude, which is expected to be certified in the first half of next year.
Global Jet Capital (GJC), a new source of leasing and lending options for business jet transactions, starts operations this week. The company has been launched with an initial $2 billion fund with the backing of three investment firms: GSO Capital Partners, The Carlyle Group and AE Industrial Partners.
Advent Aerospace of Rye, N.H., is working on two STCs for an anti-skid brake system (ABS) for the Pilatus PC-12 and Beechcraft King Air 200/300. Its ABS is already standard on the Eclipse EA550 and available as an STC retrofit for the EA500. Advent developed the system primarily to bring anti-skid technology to the under-20,000-pound-mtow sector, both for new projects and for existing aircraft. The system is intended for aircraft without powered brakes, although Advent is also developing a brake-by-wire system for power-braked aircraft.
The March 2014 merger that created Textron Aviation brought together three deeply rooted brands, Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker, and, at least for now, the group is committed to maintaining the separate identities of these product families. That's not to say the company will not contemplate changes in its line up, with Textron Aviation senior vice president of sales and marketing, Kriya Shortt, acknowledging that it is “evaluating our product line to ensure we’re bringing the best possible products to customers around the world .”
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