STCs for gross weight increase, BLR Aerospace winglets enhance aircraft’s capabilities
OSHKOSH, Wis. (July 27, 2009) – Hawker Beechcraft Services (HBS) today announced that its network of factory-owned service centers is offering the Beechcraft King Air 90x upgrade for model 90 owners. The 90x package is a two-part upgrade that provides King Air C90 and E90 owners with a gross weight increase for better range/payload capability and composite winglets to enhance the aircraft’s handling and performance capabilities.
“With the ability to carry more payload with full fuel and have a greater flight range, this is a smart investment for King Air owners,” said William (Bill) Brown, president, Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Service and Support. “The King Air, already regarded as the workhorse of the skies, can now be upgraded to provide even more mission flexibility and improved flight handling capabilities, which will ultimately increase resale value.”
The gross weight increase Supplemental Type Certificate (STC), developed by Centex Aerospace Inc. of Waco, Texas, applies to King Air C90 and E90 models with standard engines or Pratt and Whitney PT6A-135A engines. The STC approves increasing the King Air C90 and C90A (LJ-577 to serial number LJ-1137) payload 835 pounds by increasing maximum takeoff weight to 10,485 pounds. The payload of C90A aircraft (serial number LJ-1138 and subsequent) is increased 385 pounds by increasing maximum takeoff weight to 10,485 pounds as well. The E90 aircraft payload is increased 400 pounds by increasing maximum takeoff weight to 10,500 pounds.
The winglet system STC from BLR Aerospace of Everett, Wash. increases wing aspect ratio to reduce induced drag and allows the King Air to fly faster on less fuel. By increasing wing surface area, the BLR winglet system provides superior handling qualities during slow flight speed and at higher flight levels.
Hawker Beechcraft Services will offer the STCs either individually or combined in a competitively priced 90x package this fall. The “X” package will be available at all domestic HBS locations. For more information, contact a Service Sales Manager or visit www.hawkerbeechcraftservices.com.
Headquartered in Wichita, the HBS network of 10 factory-owned service centers provides professional aircraft maintenance and repair in Little Rock, Ark.; Mesa, Ariz.; Tampa, Fla.; Atlanta, Ga.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Wichita, Kan.; Houston, Texas; San Antonio, Texas; Toluca, Mexico; and Chester, U.K.
Hawker Beechcraft Corporation is a world-leading manufacturer of business, special-mission and trainer aircraft – designing, marketing and supporting aviation products and services for businesses, governments and individuals worldwide. The company leads the industry with a global network of more than 100 factory-owned and authorized service centers. For more information, visit www.hawkerbeechcraft.com.
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