May 31, 2012
By Jim Moore
A Garmin glass upgrade is now an option throughout the King Air line: The recent FAA award of a supplemental type certificate allowing G1000 installations in King Air 300/350 series aircraft was followed quickly by the first six orders, Hawker Beechcraft Services announced this month.
The integrated flight deck, with a 10.4-inch primary flight display for both pilots, flanking a 15-inch multi-function display, was approved for STC installations in King Air 200 and B200s in 2009. WAAS-enabled GPS and weather radar are among the standard features.
Hawker Beechcraft sought bankruptcy protection this month, vowing to continue with business as usual during a reorganization expected to transfer ownership to creditors.
Company officials hope the STC will boost sales.
“The G1000 is a very popular upgrade for operators of our King Air aircraft,” said Christi Tannahill, senior vice president of global customer support, in a press release. “Our HBS facilities have completed numerous King Air 90 and 200 installations and we look forward to additional King Air 350 projects.”
AOPA Online Associate Editor Jim Moore joined AOPA in 2011 and is an instrument-rated private pilot who enjoys competition aerobatics.
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The Flying Physicians Association (FPA) has become the latest group to lend support to third-class medical reform and urge government officials to speed up their review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The NPRM would expand the number of pilots who could fly without needing to obtain a third-class medical certificate, a standard that has been successfully used by sport pilots for a decade.
California pilot Christopher Braun has created a revamped version of the cleco plier that is said to be lighter and more ergonomic.
There is no shortage of pilots in eastern Washington, but there does seem to be a scarcity of clubs in that part of the country.
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