Hawker Beechcraft King Air B200, Sioux City, Iowa, Jan. 19, 2010–The King Air was substantially damaged when it departed the runway on landing at Sioux Gateway Airport/Col. Bud Day Field (SUX). The early-morning Part 91 flight was operating on an IFR flight plan from Des Moines International Airport, and the pilots had filed Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP), their next destination, as an alternate.
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Raytheon Systems Ltd. (RSL) has revealed details of the Shadow R1, a modification of the Hawker Beechcraft King Air 350ER that was done in the UK as an urgent operational requirement for the UK Royal Air Force. The four aircraft were delivered last year without fanfare to No 5. squadron, which also operates the five Sentinel R1 (Astor) surveillance jets provided by RSL. They have since been deployed to Afghanistan.
Executive Flight Services, a subsidiary of Kansas City, Mo.-based Executive AirShare, has established a maintenance base at Midwest National Air Center (GPH), formerly known as Clay County Regional Airport, in Kearney, Mo. Keith Plumb, president and COO, said the move was designed to take advantage of low fuel prices and operating costs in the area.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air B200C, North Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands, Feb. 6, 2007–The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch ruled that human factors caused the crash of the British Overseas Territories-registered Super King Air.
Hawker Beechcraft has won STC approval from both the FAA and EASA for the Alteos interactive window system for its King Air 350i. The system, which is assembled and sold by PPG Industries through its Alteos brand, uses proprietary electrochromic technology from Gentex. It allows the user to lighten or darken the window by increasing or decreasing the electrical current passing through a gel layer between the layers of glass.
Hawker Beechcraft has added the MaxViz EVS-1500 enhanced-vision system to its parts and distribution order system for operators of King Air 200 and 300 twin turboprops. The approval allows operators of in-service King Airs to install the infrared camera for viewing in the cockpit on video-capable displays.
Hawker Beechcraft Services (HBS) has begun scheduling wide area augmentation system (Waas) upgrades on Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21-equipped King Air 200/300s. This installation follows the introduction of the King Air C90GTi upgrade announced last March. According to an HBS spokesman, the King Air 200/300 Waas upgrade offers operational flexibility and cost savings associated with direct and curved area navigation (Rnav) routes.
Aviation & Applied Ecology in Moscow has just taken delivery of a Hawker Beechcraft King Air 350 with provision for dual digital-mapping cameras for photo- survey missions. It is also capable of being rapidly converted to VIP transport configuration. This aircraft is the first King Air to be exported to Russia, the type having received its local certification last December.
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Hawker Beechcraft King Air B200, Punta Chivato, Mexico, Nov. 8, 2008–N200JL was destroyed and the sole pilot/occupant was killed when it crashed shortly after takeoff from Punta Chivato Airstrip. According to witnesses, the King Air barely cleared a small hill and appeared to lose airspeed and slow its climb. The turboprop twin then stalled, crashed and burned.