Beechcraft is now offering a factory-installed modification for King Air 250s that increases the mtow from 12,500 pounds to 13,420 pounds, providing 1,025 pounds of payload with full fuel. Aircraft with this option will be certified in the commuter category, meaning pilots will be required to have a type rating. The modification, developed with CenTex Aerospace of Waco, Texas, is also available as an aftermarket option for in-service King Air 250s via Textron Aviation’s factory-owned service centers
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Blackhawk Modifications announced special introductory pricing of $550,000 for its new engine upgrade for the Cessna Caravan.
The Waco, Tex. company is certifying the 867-shpPT6A-140 engine as an aftermarket replacement for the standard 600-shpPT6A-114 or the 675-shpPT6A-114A in these aircraft. Blackhawk said -140 engine customers could expect significant increases in climb performance, cruise speeds, takeoff distances and operations in icing conditions. Deliveries are to begin in the first quarter of2015.
The KA90 engine update kit is an engine alternative to improve King Air 90 performance. It allows the option of installing either a set of PWC PT6A-21, -28, or -34 engines to replace the original PT6A-20 engines. According to Greg Barnes, president of CenTex Aerospace, of Waco Regional Airport in Waco, Texas, “The KA90 engine update kit allows the flexibility to choose new, overhauled or engines with time remaining as replacements. Any of the three engine models will improve takeoff, climb and cruise performance.”
Custom Control Concepts has been selected by L-3 Platform Integration in Waco, Texas, to provide high-definition entertainment and cabin management systems in a head-of-state 747-8 project.
The Kent, Wash. supplier is expected to design and manufacture almost all of the highly customized components. The entire system when complete will be laid out and bench tested before delivery. The contract marks the latest collaboration between L-3 and CCC in a series of bizliner interior outfitting jobs.
L-3 Platform Integration has received a second Boeing 747-8 for cabin outfitting at its Waco, Texas completion center. The company claims to be the first center to have two 747-8s in simultaneous completion, and with more than half a million square feet of hangar space it can accommodate multiple twin-aisle bizliner completion and refurbishment projects. Outfitting of the cabins on the two airplanes includes cabin management and in-flight entertainment systems, LED lighting throughout and a customized noise-dampening package.
L-3 Integrated Systems has welcomed the first of two Boeing 747-8s to its Waco, Texas facilities for installation of an executive interior for an unidentified head of state.
The work will include detailed exterior paint in the customer’s livery as well as interior modifications to accommodate the interior plan. According to executive v-p Nick Farah, the L-3 design and engineering team began work on the initial 747-8 program in 2011 and delivery is expected in the summer of 2014.
L-3 Platform Integration, one of the premier cabin outfitters of widebody bizliners, had “a great year” last year, and with contracts in hand to do the interior completion on two new Boeing 747-8s, this year and beyond look bright as well.
Ken McKelton, v-p of head-of-state programs at the Waco, Texas-based center, pointed out that the shop has done green completion and major refurbishment work on no fewer than a dozen widebody airliner conversions in its 40-year history.
Sweden’s CTT Systems will provide Cair zonal drying equipment for two VIP Boeing 747-8s. The first is for a head-of-state Boeing 747-8 being completed by L-3 Platform Integration in Waco, Texas. The second is under a contract with Amac Aerospace of Switzerland. Both installations will be performed next year. The Cair system offers 20-percent humidified cabin air without creating condensation.
L-3 Platform Integration has selected PAC Seating Systems of Palm City, Fla., to provide a range of 16-g seats, divan frames, slouching seats and full-flat sleeper seats as part of a 747-8 head-of-state completion project by the Waco, Texas completion center.
Steinbach & Associates, developer of STCs for R-134a conversions, is at Booth No. N713 showing how its R134a air-conditioning system compressor can replace old R12 Freon coolant compressors. Scott Steinbach, president of the Waco, Texas company, told AIN that since the R12 was phased out of production, a new compressor and accessory components are necessary to use R134a to full advantage.
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