Of all the subsegments of the general aviation market, the turboprop field is the only one not experiencing an increase in new development. At airshow after airshow, very light jets, personal single-engine jets, more powerful piston singles and light sport airplanes have seen the greatest amount of activity. Although turboprops are one of the most efficient ways to fly, they are not the shining stars of most product development departments.
Beechcraft King Air
Beech King Air E90, Carlsbad, Calif., July 3, 2007 – Taking off from McClellan/Palomar Airport on an IFR flight plan in IMC, the King Air hit 230,000-volt powerlines and was destroyed. The pilot and passenger were killed, and one person on the ground was hit by debris. Visibility was one-quarter mile, with an indefinite ceiling of 100 feet. Temperature and dew point were 63 degrees F.
According to New Mexico Department of Transportation spokesperson S. U. Mahesh, the state transportation commission has authorized $4 million toward the purchase of a new state aircraft to replace one of four turboprops already in the state fleet.
L-3 Avionics Systems has received STC approval and parts manufacturer approval aboard the King Air C90 for the Iris infrared imaging system. The C90 is the first application for Iris, which a spokeswoman said is generating “tremendous interest. We have installation and certification programs under way for many different platforms.”
Hawker Beechcraft hopes to continue to stave off competition from VLJs with two new upgrades–announced last month at EBACE–to the stalwart King Air turboprop line. The upgraded King Air B200, which the company is calling the B200GT, gets more powerful PT6A-52 engines, while the C90GTi will be equipped with Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics as standard.
First-quarter delivery numbers released last month by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) show a healthy and continued growth trend in both the jet and turboprop sectors. Overall, the manufacturers delivered 16 percent more aircraft in the first three months of this year than they did in the same period last year.
Hawker Beechcraft hopes to continue to stave off competition from VLJs with two new upgrades to the stalwart King Air turboprop line, announced this week at EBACE. The upgraded King Air B200, which the company is calling the B200GT, gets more powerful PT6A-52 engines, while the C90GTi will be equipped with Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics as standard.
The newest version of the 12,500-pound-mtow Beechcraft King Air B200 already boasts Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics, which the smaller 10,000-pound-mtow King Air C90 will get with its latest iteration, the C90GTi. So Hawker Beechcraft is giving the B200 version more power, which incorporates a new, recently certified, derivative turboprop engine from Pratt & Whitney Canada, the PT6A-52.
Hawker Beechcraft’s latest King Air, the model C90GTi, is joining its larger siblings with a new Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite. The C90GT previously was equipped with Rockwell Collins Pro Line II avionics.
Business aviation services provider Elliott Aviation is making its EBACE debut this week. The 71-year-old company (Booth No. 1561) is showcasing its range of total aircraft solutions here, including its European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certified elite series cockpit upgrades. The upgrade includes installation of Universal Avionics’ EFI-890R large-format flat-panel display and Vision-1 synthetic vision system.