You can report that the family of Beechcraft King Airs has reached 7,000 aircraft and 60 million flight hours … or you can give readers an inside look at the challenges the manufacturer faces in keeping tabs on a fleet of aircraft that spans 50 years of production and flies on every continent in the world on missions ranging from transport of personnel and high-value cargo to weather modification to serving in all branches of the U.S. military.
I got inside access to the Beechcraft employee who oversees tracking utilization data for every aircraft the company has delivered since opening it’s doors in Wichita in 1932. I shared with readers (owners and operators of King Airs) the process of collecting the data and what the data tells us about the legendary line of twin turboprops.
You can read the full article in the July issue of King Air magazine, published by Village Press. The publication’s audience includes owners of the more than 7,000 Beech King Air turboprop aircraft that have been delivered since 1964, as well as prospective owners. Click on the image below or if you cannot see the image, use the text link above or copy and paste: issuu.com/melindaschnyder/docs/july_2013_king_air_magazine_cover_a