Wednesday, December 2, 2020

New Beechcraft King Air 260 turboprop aircraft

Textron Aviation is launching an exciting new era for its renowned Beechcraft King Air 200 series of aircraft with the introduction of the Beechcraft King Air 260 turboprop. Assembly production for the new King Air 260 is already underway, and certification and deliveries are expected in early 2021.

The announcement comes on the heels of the recently introduced Beechcraft King Air 360, which features the latest enhancements to the cockpit and cabin. The King Air 360 achieved Federal Aviation Administration type certification in October, and customer deliveries are underway.

Key enhancements to the King Air 260 are the addition of the Innovative Solutions & Support ThrustSense Autothrottle, along with a new digital pressurization controller. The cockpit also offers the Collins Aerospace Multi-Scan weather radar system as a standard feature on every King Air 260.

“We place an immense value on our conversations with our customers, and the investments we make in our aircraft are a direct result of listening to their input,” said Ron Draper, Textron president and CEO, in a company press release.

The ThrustSense Autothrottle supports pilots in their critical mission of delivering people or cargo by automatically managing engine power from the takeoff roll through the climb, cruise, descent, go-around and landing phases of flight. This enhancement reduces pilot workload and is designed to prevent over-speed or under-speed, over-temp and over-torque conditions.

Another key update in the cockpit is the new digital pressurization controller, which automatically schedules cabin pressurization during both climb and descent, reducing pilot workload and increasing overall passenger comfort. The pressurization gauges have been integrated with the powerful Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion flight deck.

The Collins Multi-Scan RTA-4112 weather radar provides pilots with a fully automatic system that it optimized to detect short, mid and long-range weather. The system is designed to present an accurate picture of the weather around the aircraft, further reducing pilot workload.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

DCNewsroom blog celebrates 10 years of news and information

January 2009 DCNewsroom first appears on Twitter.

December 28, 2010 – One year later the DCNewsroom blog is created to cover aviation, government, industry, space and stock market news.

January 25, 2015 – DCNewsroom covers the emergency landing of a Cirrus SR-22 aircraft in the Pacific Ocean (Single-engine airplane preparing to ditch in Pacific Ocean). This story stands as the most popular article on the blog today. (Dramatic video shows pilot ditch Cirrus plane in Pacific Ocean)

July 31, 2020 – DCNewsroom hits a record 57,218 pageviews in one day since its start in 2010. This record still stands today.

May 4, 2020 – DCNewsroom Twitter account reaches over 400 followers.

May 2020 – With over 860 published articles online, the DCNewsroom has logged over 691,950 pageviews in 10 years.