Blackhawk (Stand 483) has closed a deal for another XP42 (PT6A-42) King Air aircraft upgrade here at EBACE 2012. The modification company is one of the largest non-OEM buyers of new Pratt & Whitney turboprop engines in the world. The lucky King Air scheduled for a facelift and performance boost is BB-748, operated by Halsted Aviation of Zimbabwe.
Beechcraft Model 99
Hawker Beechcraft’s 400XPR made its first flight this morning, powered by freshly installed Williams International FJ44-4A-32 engines. The modification work was done by Sierra Industries of Uvalde, Texas.
Hawker Beechcraft Beech 99, Bakersfield, Calif., July 9, 2008–The pilot’s door of the Amflight Beech 99 opened while the airplane was flying at 11,000 feet. The pilot declared an emergency, diverted to Bakersfield and landed without incident or injuries.
Hawker Beechcraft Beech 1900, Billings, Mont., May 23, 2008–The ATP-rated pilot of the Alpine Air Express Beech 1900 was killed when it crashed and exploded three miles northeast of Logan International Airport, two minutes after takeoff. The pilot was told to turn left to intercept Victor 187, but radar data showed the airplane started to turn right slowly.
The FAA awarded certification to the King Air C90GTi on January 28, and Hawker Beechcraft has begun deliveries, so it’s time to remove the turboprop twin from the In The Works list. Replacing the C90GT, the GTi adds Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line 21 avionics suite, making the airplane the smallest player in the Hawker Beechcraft turbine lineup consistent with the Pro Line 21-equipped King Air B200GT and 350, Premier IA and Hawker 750 and 900XP.
Raytheon Beech 99, Billings, Mont., May 19, 2007–The nosegear of Beech 99 N950AA, registered to Alpine Aviation of Provo, Utah, collapsed on landing at Billings, causing minor damage. There were no injuries.
Beech C99, Butte, Mont., March 18, 2006–The NTSB attributed the Ameriflight cargo airplane’s crash into mountains to the copilot’s failure to follow the published instrument approach procedure and the captain/PIC’s inadequate supervision. Factors in the accident were snow and mountain obscuration. In addition, IMC in the area included icing conditions and poor visibility.
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.
Beech 99, Butte, Mont., March 18, 2006–The ATP pilot and commercial copilot were killed when the Ameriflight Beech 99 cargo flight crashed into trees in mountainous terrain approximately seven nm southwest of Butte.