Boeing and the U.S. Army completed the first flight of an enhanced medium-altitude reconnaissance and surveillance system (Emarss) aircraft in late May. The modified Beechcraft King Air 350ER is the first of four Emarss engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) aircraft that Boeing is developing for the Army.
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Farnborough, UK-based Gama Support Services has been named a Beechcraft authorized service center. Under the terms of the agreement the MRO is authorized to provide maintenance support and certification for the King Air, Bonanza and Baron series. It also provides for AOG service for all Beechcraft types; Gama’s in-house quick-reaction team for urgent operational support to Beechcraft operators worldwide; avionics support for Garmin and Rockwell Collins; and Hawker Beechcraft Support Plus program and warranty claims processing.
Hawker Beechcraft Services facilities are now authorized installation centers for the CenTex Halo 250 gross weight increase modification for the Beechcraft King Air 200. The conversion adds 920 pounds of payload capacity by increasing the mtow of 200-series King Airs to 13,420 pounds from 12,500.
CenTex Aerospace of Waco, Texas, developed the modification and received FAA certification last October.
KingAirNation (KAN), the year-old website devoted to Beechcraft King Air series turboprops and those who love them, launched a section on its site for European members of KAN seeking Euro-centric King Air news. Labeled “KAN Europe,” it is now live on the KingAirNation site.
“We have been planning this for a while, and it is still going to be somewhat of a work in progress while we aggregate more European King Air news,” said KAN founder Danny Carpenter, “but we could not be happier for being able to roll out a new feature our members have been asking for.”
Blackhawk Modifications president Jim Allmon announced the appointment of two new regional sales managers. Kevin Swash has responsibility for Southeast Asia and Oceania, bringing with him a wealth of experience in Australia and Indonesia in the fields of engineering and business development. Bill Cadow has been appointed to cover the eastern U.S., having formerly worked in various sales fields for Hawker Beechcraft.
Since Luma Technologies received approval for its Lumatech LED caution/warning panels for Beechcraft King Air 200, 300, 350 and 1900D models, the company has been receiving significant interest in the product. The panels hold supplemental type certificate/parts manufacturer approval certification.
GE Aviation is no stranger to the business aviation world. Its CF34 engines have powered Challengers for 30 years, while its larger engines are used by Airbus Corporate Jets and Boeing Business Jets (through its CFM joint venture with France’s Snecma). It is currently bringing the HF120 turbofan (in the GE Honda Aero joint venture with Honda Aircraft) and Passport 20 (for Bombardier’s Global 7000/8000) to the marketplace.
Rockwell Collins has surpassed 250 deliveries of its Venue cabin management and entertainment system for business aircraft. Unveiled in 2007, Venue is an open-architecture design that “accommodates future technologies,” such as the company’s new Skybox solution that allows content to be shared and viewed on Apple devices inside the cabin. According to Collins, Venue can easily be scaled for business aircraft ranging from King Airs to bizliners.
Worldwide business jet deliveries rose by 4 percent, to 129 units, in the first quarter, according to statistics released today by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. Pressurized turboprops, meanwhile, saw an increase of nearly 53 percent year-over-year.
Qingdao Jiutian International Flight Academy signed a deal with Beechcraft Corp. at ABACE on Tuesday to purchase a King Air C90GTx. The twin turboprop, which will be used to train Chinese pilots, is due to be delivered in October, with Qingdao becoming the first private training academy in China to operate a King Air. “The C90GTx allows students to learn how to fly in a large, multiengine, pressurized, complex aircraft while offering flight schools the benefits of economical turboprop flight instruction in a very rugged and proven airframe,” Beechcraft said.