Integrated Flight Deck Also Available For 200-Series King
Avidyne Corporation and S-TEC Corporation told ANN this week the
companies have received an FAA STC for the Alliant Integrated
Flight Deck on Beechcraft King Air E90- and C90-series turboprop
aircraft. The companies also hold an FAA STC for the Alliant system
on King Air 200 series aircraft.
The Alliant Integrated Flight Deck is the first large-glass and
autopilot retrofit Integrated Flight Deck to be certified and
delivered on light general aviation aircraft.
The Alliant installation and flight tests for the 90-series STC
were completed on a 1976 E90 is owned and operated by Standridge
Color Corporation of Social Circle, GA.
"I made a commitment that if we can’t fly safely, we
can’t fly," said Bob Standridge, founder of Standridge Color
Corporation. "Our King Air 90 had autopilot problems, so we figured
that if we were going to keep flying them, we needed to upgrade
The company operates two King Air E90s, as well as a King Air
"EFIS systems have been available for King Airs, but they
didn’t have the autopilot integrated into the system," said
Don Young, Director of Maintenance for Standridge Color’s
flight department. "Alliant has all the benefits of an EFIS upgrade
with the new autopilot, flight director, ADAHARS -- basically
it’s the complete package."
The installation of the Alliant Integrated Flight Deck into
Standridge Color’s E90 for the STC was performed at
S-TEC’s facility in Mineral Wells, TX. Future installations
may be performed at authorized Alliant dealer locations.
"With the need to safely operate out of smaller, uncontrolled
airports, Standridge Color’s flight department will really
benefit from Alliant’s advanced capabilities and
reliability," said Dick Lingner, Standridge Color’s Chief
Pilot. "The Alliant package is going to give our E90s the same type
display information as our King Air 350, so switching between the
350 and the 90s is not going to be as big a deal as it used to
"Receiving the STC for the 90-Series King Airs is another key
step in the Alliant program," S-TEC’s President, Mel
Hilderbrand said. "We truly appreciate Mr. Standridge’s
confidence and cooperation in allowing us to use his aircraft as
the King Air 90-Series STC platform."