Turbine Pilot: Mods to an end

The King Air 250 soldiers on and avionics advice

August 1, 2011

Tom HainesA host of modifications transform the once dowdy Beechcraft King Air 200 into a twenty-first century keeper nearly 50 years after the first King Air took flight. Faster, further, sexier. Hawker Beechcraft seems bent on assuring its line of twin turboprops maintains its position of dominance in the market. Editor at Large Tom Horne puts the primped airplane through its paces in “ King Air 250: Power Up, Temps Down” and comes away impressed by the capabilities of this enduring model. The predictions a few years ago of the death of the twin turboprop seem like some has-been politician’s campaign slogan at this point.

Meanwhile, Master CFI and writer Neil Singer peels back the layers of today’s highly capable GPS navigators to reveal a potential gotcha that may be particularly challenging for those flying approaches in single-pilot turbines. The Vectors to Final button may seem like a time saver, but there are times when it can lead to confusion in a fast-paced cockpit. Learn the secrets in “ Mentoring Matters: Where’s That Fix? .

August 2011
Turbine Pilot Contents

If you’re someone who has recently made the transition from pistons to turbines or likes to think such a transition might be in your future, read on. These special edition pages are for you.

Only a small subset of the AOPA membership gets this special Turbine Edition—those whom we believe have an interest in reading about higher-end aircraft. In this monthly special edition you get all of the content in the standard editions, plus these extra pages. If you would rather not receive this edition, just let us know at: [email protected]. We’re happy to switch you back to the standard edition.

I hope you learn some new advanced flying techniques and a little about turbine operations in these pages. Let us know what you think at [email protected].

—Tom Haines, Editor in Chief

Thomas B. Haines

Thomas B Haines | Editor in Chief, AOPA

AOPA Editor in Chief Tom Haines joined AOPA in 1988. He owns and flies a Beechcraft A36 Bonanza. Since soloing at 16 and earning a private pilot certificate at 17, he has flown more than 100 models of general aviation airplanes.