Hawker Beechcraft took the wraps off the Hawker 450XP and King Air 350i last month. Both aircraft enjoy cabin make-overs for the people in back who pay the bills and, in the case of the revamped Hawker, the pilots up front will get Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics and more modern engines.
Beechcraft Super King Air
Hawker Beechcraft King Air 200 and B200 operators have a new performance option, thanks to Blackhawk Modifications’ Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-52 XP engine upgrade.
High fuel prices are giving operators new motivation to add aftermarket winglets to airplanes without them. Here at NBAA’08, King Air 90 owners have one last opportunity to place pre-certification orders for Winglet Systems from BLR Aerospace (Booth No. 4066), according to Dave Marone, BLR vice president of sales and marketing. Certification is “imminent,” he said.
Hawker Beechcraft took the wraps off the Hawker 450XP and King Air 350i here yesterday. Both aircraft enjoy cabin makeovers for the people in back who pay the bills and, in the case of the revamped Hawker, the pilots up front will get Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics and more modern engines.
Gulfstream’s new G250 super-midsize jet is the latest to feature Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line Fusion avionics suite. With three 15-inch displays and dual multifunction controllers that incorporate standby instrumentation, the G250 system–dubbed PlaneView250 by Gulfstream–also offers optional installation of Rockwell Collins’ HGS-6250 head-up guidance system. First deliveries of the G250 are planned in 2011.
Elliott Aviation is showing a Hawker Beechcraft King Air B200 at the Orlando Executive Airport static display that sports a new Garmin G1000 integrated avionics glass cockpit. The aircraft arrived at NBAA from Illinois with a Collins Pro Line 4 panel.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has granted Waco, Texas-based Blackhawk Modifications approval for its Pratt & Whitney PT6A-52 engine upgrade for the King Air 200/B200 series. The Super XP52 is the same engine that Hawker Beechcraft chose to power the current production B200GT model. Blackhawk’s similar upgrade of the PT6A-61 has prompted worldwide certification efforts for both engine options.
Last month, when rapper Sean “P. Diddy” Combs released a video on YouTube saying he was swearing off his jet because of the high cost of fuel, many non-fliers saw his complaint as another bit of over-the-top silliness from a world full of self-indulgent vanity. After all, the average person contending with high automotive gas prices could hardly feel sympathy for a rapper who can’t fly in a private jet.
Beech King Air 200C, Coffs Harbour Aerodrome, New South Wales, Australia, May 15, 2003–At 10:50 a.m. UTC, King Air VH-AMR’s left main landing gear separated after hitting the ocean during an instrument approach to Coffs Harbour Aerodrome in New South Wales. Royal Flying Doctor Service of Victoria, Australia, was operating the airplane under the provisions of Australian civil aviation regulations.
Central U.S. regional fractional provider Executive AirShare (EAS) last month signed an agreement to acquire 18 Embraer Phenom 100 delivery slots from Clearwater, Fla.-based Avantair, which offers shares in Piaggio Avantis. EAS also has an option to buy Avantair’s two remaining Phenom 100 positions. EAS now has firm orders for 28 Embraer Phenom 100s and four Phenom 300s, with options on 12 more 100s and four more 300s.