Innovative Solutions & Support continues its aggressive certification schedule for RVSM equipment for business aircraft.
Beechcraft Super King Air
Armed with the largest single contract in its 52-year history–converting 19 U.S. Army King Air C-12 flight decks from “analog to glass”–Stevens Aviation anticipates “substantial” demand for a similar upgrade among the operators of some 800 to 850 civilian-equivalent King Air 200s in service worldwide.
Flight Options, the Cleveland-based fractional aircraft operator, plans to phase out its King Air fleet, AIN has learned. The approximately 28 King Air 200Bs were among the 111 total airplanes operated by Raytheon Travel Air before it merged its fleet with that of Flight Options in March. Flight Options had no comment on the timing of the phase-out or how it would affect owners and crews.
A big mission for a big company usually means a big airplane with a cavernous interior and enough fuel to carry a large load over thousands of miles. But to accomplish that there is always a cost-benefit compromise. When a big mission appears for a small company, the economics often translate into a small airplane, which means even more mission compromises.
Fall 2001 may not have been the most auspicious time to launch a new business strategy, but for Elliott Aviation its ambitious business plan for the next half-decade is showing signs of success, despite a faltering economy and the impact of September 11 on business aviation.
A mechanic at Taylor Municipal Airport in Texas died April 11 while attempting to board a Beech King Air 200 while the engines were operating at idle power. According to the NTSB, “unexpected pressure” between the interior and exterior of the airplane caused the door of the aircraft to open forcibly once unlatched, and it struck the mechanic’s head.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air 200, Huambo, Angola, Jan. 19, 2008–Thirteen people, including the pilot and copilot, were killed when the Gira-globo charter flight crashed in the mountains on an IMC approach to Huambo Aerodrome. The Angola Department of Civil Aviation is investigating the accident with the help of an NTSB representative.
Piaggio Aero, the Italian maker of the sleek P.180 Avanti, is engaged in “some very positive” discussions that would create a fractional-ownership fleet of P.180s.
Steve Hanvey, president and CEO of Piaggio America and a board member of parent company Piaggio Aero, told AIN the Genoa-based aircraft manufacturer has been approached by a number of fractional operators, “including some in Europe.”
Rockwell Collins last month gained an STC for its Pro Line 21 IDS (integrated display system) in King Air 200s equipped with SPZ-200 autopilots. Superior Aircraft Maintenance of Medford, Ore., performed the installation, replacing the twin turboprop’s panel with three 8- by 10-inch flat-panel displays, digital weather radar and Integrated Flight Information System (IFIS) server for viewing electronic charts, checklists and other information.
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.