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    Beechcraft Corporation announced today that Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) has agreed to acquire Beech Holdings, LLC, the parent of Beechcraft Corporation, for approximately $1.4 billion in cash.
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    Textron executives maintain a number of decisions lie ahead with the company’s planned $1.4 billion acquisition of Beechcraft, but the initial plan would appear to maintain the brand separate of Textron’s Cessna brand and keep at least the top leadership intact at both operations.
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    Beechcraft Corporation and its regional distributor, Aerolineas Ejecutivas, today announced that it will exhibit a Beechcraft King Air 250, King Air C90GTx and Baron G58 at the 11th International Aviation Trade Show & Convention (AeroExpo) from March 6-8 at Toluca International Airport in Toluca, Mexico.
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    Beechcraft Strengthens Commitment to Indian Market with New Appointments

    Reinforcing its commitment to supporting the growth of the Indian market, and following its opening of a new office in New Delhi last month, Beechcraft Corporation today announced two new in-country appointments.

    The company is aiming to build on this growth and its leadership of the India business aviation market with the following appointments:

    Reghu Raman, John Williams

    John Williams has been appointed as India country director – a new position created in recognition of India’s strategic value to the company. Williams, who has extensive experience in the Indian aviation market, is based in Beechcraft’s new office at Aerocity, New Delhi, and is responsible for all facets of Beechcraft’s operations in India including marketing, sales and support. Prior to joining Beechcraft, Williams was president and co-founder of Williams Consulting Group (WCG), an aviation and aerospace consulting company specializing in marketing support and industrial strategy for foreign companies entering key markets in Asia. Prior to WCG, Williams was part of the leadership team in India for The Boeing Company.

    Reghu Raman has been appointed as field service representative for India. Based in New Delhi, Raman has 24 years of aviation experience, having started his career as a maintenance engineer for Beechcraft King Airs. Raman will lead Beechcraft’s maintenance and servicing support for Indian customers, providing direct access to the expertise of the manufacturer. Before he joined Beechcraft, Raman was vice president of Air Works India, a leading Indian MRO company and an authorized service center for Beechcraft. His previous roles include engineering management positions with Indamer, an MRO, and Aerial Services, a non-scheduled operator.
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    Beechcraft celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first flight of the King Air Model 90 with cake at the company's Sun 'n Fun exhibit and a fly-over at the Beech factory in Wichita, Kansas. The first flight of the King Air on January 20, 1964, started a remarkable production run for a remarkable airplane that remains in production to this day in several versions including the C90GTx, 250 and 350i models.
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    Beechcraft Corporation, part of the Textron Aviation segment of Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT), recently announced the sale of a Beechcraft King Air C90GTx to the state-owned Beidahuang General Aviation Company of Harbin, China.
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    Beechcraft Corporation, part of the Textron Aviation segment of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT), announced at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) that the fleet of Beechcraft King Air twin-engine turboprops registered in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) has surpassed 825 aircraft.
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    Beechcraft Corporation, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, celebrates two important King Air milestones this week at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh – the 50th year of King Air production, as well as the first anniversary of a record-breaking order from Wheels Up, the membership based private aviation company. The order from Wheels Up represents the largest order in history for general aviation turboprop aircraft, encompassing up to 105 King Air 350i aircraft and including maintenance, service and support.
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    Textron Aviation, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, continues to identify best practices between Beechcraft Corporation and Cessna Aircraft Company since the integration of both companies began in March. As a result of that initiative, Beechcraft Corporation announced today at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) it will begin offering ProAdvantage product support programs to the global Beechcraft King Air turboprop fleet.
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    Garmin has announced EASA validation of the most recent software for G1000-equipped King Air 200/250/300/350 series aircraft. These enhancements provide a number of new features and optional equipment upgrades that offer King Air owners and operators enhanced capability.
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    Nearly two years ago, Wheels Up made the largest order in history for general aviation turboprop aircraft, encompassing up to 105 King Air 350i aircraft and including maintenance, service and support. The company took delivery of its first King Air 350i at NBAA 2013 and immediately began service.

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    Textron Aviation, parent company of Beechcraft has re-appointed Gama Aviation as the Authorized Service Facility (ASF) for Beechcraft aircraft especially King Airs. Gama Aviation has vast experience dealing with Beechcraft planes in the past. Gama Aviation has operations in 45 different airports in 17 countries across five continents.

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    The Beechcraft King Air with registration G-MOSJ has rejoined the Jota Aviation fleet. She used to fly for this company from 2011 to 2014 and now she is back. G-MOSJ is a King Air C90GTX built in 2010.

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    Agents from U.S. Customs and Border Protection allegedly seized a Beechcraft King Air E90 on September 6 at the McAllen Miller International Airport in Texas. Customs themselves alleges that the twin turboprop was in the process of smuggling seven illegal aliens into the U.S. when the aircraft was confiscated. Photo below of the said aircraft with registration N48W.

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    Throwing it back a bit when the Beechcraft KingAir 350i was introduced as the upgraded model to the KingAir 350...It really packs alot of nice features into a small airframe.

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    Textron Aviation, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company recently announced it has expanded its PowerAdvantage engine support program to Beechcraft King Air and Cessna Caravan turboprop platforms. Part of the company’s ProAdvantage suite of support programs, PowerAdvantage offers owners and operators comprehensive PT6A engine coverage with predictable costs for both routine and most unscheduled engine maintenance events. “ProAdvantage programs are the leading support programs in the industry and have been designed to provide customers lower, predictable ownership costs, while enhancing aircraft values through comprehensive factory-direct maintenance. Through PowerAdvantage, customers receive a cost-competitive support solution and are easily able to forecast costs related to engine maintenance,” said Brad Thress, senior vice president, Customer Service. “The combination of PowerAdvantage, ProParts and ProTech creates a powerful support solution for our King Air and Caravan customers, further enhancing their ownership and operating experience.” Customers enrolled in PowerAdvantage pay a competitive hourly rate per engine operating hour and receive coverage for line maintenance parts, scheduled and most unscheduled engine events, all parts and shop labor for Hot Section Inspection (HSI) and overhaul, and can include coverage for life limited components and repairs by Textron Aviation’s industry leading mobile response teams. The program also provides rental engines for overhauls and most unscheduled events.
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    Textron Aviation’s Beechcraft division has received certification from Brazil’s Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC) for its line of Pro Line Fusion-equipped Beechcraft King Air turboprop aircraft with cabin enhancements. Pro Line Fusion avionics systems are standard equipment on all current production models of the King Air: King Air C90GTX, King Air 250 and King Air 350i/ER. “We’ve had both the King Air 350i and the 250 with Pro Line Fusion in Latin America for trade shows and demo flights, and customers have been enthusiastic about the investments we’ve made in bringing the latest technology and comfort to the cockpit and cabin,” said Lannie O’Bannion, vice president, Sales, Latin America and Caribbean. “Our King Airs have long been leaders in Brazil and throughout Latin America for their mission versatility and reliability in operating with heavy payloads out of short, unimproved runways.”

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    Beechcraft Corporation, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced at the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) conference in Dubai that the company is now offering Pratt and Whitney Canada PT6A-67A engines for improved performance on its King Air 350HW and King Air 350ER turboprops. In addition, the company is offering an increased gross weight option for these platforms, increasing the maximum takeoff weight to 17,500 pounds. Both enhancements are now FAA and EASA certified and offered as factory options for new aircraft or as aftermarket modifications.

    “The King Air 350 platform is renowned as a worldwide mission enabler and these optional enhancements will offer customers added performance and payload for special mission operations,” said Bob Gibbs, vice president of Special Mission Aircraft. “We have successfully modified a fleet of NATO air force-operated King Air 350ER aircraft with these upgrades, and we are excited to offer these options to provide more value to our special mission customers.” The more powerful Pratt and Whitney Canada PT6A-67A engines provide superior field and climb performance, including hot and high operations. With an outside air temperature of 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit), the engine upgrade allows for a maximum takeoff gross weight increase of up to 2,700 pounds at sea level, compared to the standard aircraft. The increased gross weight option provides operators greater flexibility between payload and fuel, representing a potential increase in loiter time of two to three hours. The King Air 350HW is a Heavy Weight (HW) version of the King Air 350 that provides operators an increased gross weight through larger and stronger main landing gear struts, wheels, tires and brakes. The King Air 350ER is an Extended Range (ER) version that includes the enhanced landing gear and increases the fuel capacity through the addition of low drag metal fuel tanks aft of the powerplants.

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    US engineering company and aftermarket specialist Blackhawk Modifications just got the green-light on US supplemental type-certification for its XP67A engine upgrade on the King Air 350. They are also actively ironing-out for similar approvals for the 350ER and -300 variants of the King Air family. The upgrade is going to boost the maximum cruise speed giving more operational flexibility. The upgrade replaces the 350's 1,050shp Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-60A engines with a pair of 1,200shp PT6A-67As. The result is an uptick in the maximum cruise speed to as much as 40-knots (74km/hr).

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    Interflight has a new addition to their charter services. Interflight’s newly-refurbished Hawker 800B is now available for charter work. The aircraft has a range up to six hours and can carry eight passengers in comfort in five seats and a divan.

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