Panel Adds To Cockpit Awareness, And Aircraft Value
American Aviation, Inc. a full-service FBO located at the
Hernando County Airport (KBKV), had its newly-completed Alliant
King Air 200 integrated flight deck conversion on display for
viewing and demo flights during the Lakeland 2007 Fly-In, which
wrapped up Monday.
The new panel, part of a nose-to-tail updating of the 1982 King
Air 200, features dual-redundant Avidyne EXP5000 Primary Flight
Displays (PFDs), a large-format Avidyne EX5000 multi-function
display (MFD) and the S-TEC Intelliflight 2100 Digital Flight
Control System. In addition, American Aviation took advantage of
the avionics installation time to upgrade the paint and interior
and install a Raisbeck Epic Performance Kit.
"We are excited to be one of the first to complete an Alliant
conversion," said John Petrick, President of American Aviation.
"Updating the timeless King Air with the latest in modern digital
avionics, takes one of the best airplanes ever made and makes it
The Alliant package also includes Mid-Continent two-inch standby
instruments, and interfaces to popular traffic, terrain, lightning,
radar and radar altimeter systems. In addition, the Alliant package
comes standard with Avidyne's exclusive CMax electronic charts and
MultiLink support. CMax electronic charts display Jeppesen's
approach charts and airport diagrams on the MFD.
MultiLink supports the display of XM WX Satellite Weather and
provides Avidyne's unique FlightCenter text messaging and flight
tracking services. Representatives with American Aviation state the
Alliant upgrade enhances aircraft value, as the full retail value
of the system can be added to the Aircraft Blue Book value.
"The Alliant system is a spectacular centerpiece for the overall
transformation of the King Air," said Jamie Luster, Avidyne's
director of aftermarket sales. "Alliant adds situational awareness
and operational benefits of integrating MultiLink weather, on-board
radar, traffic, terrain awareness, electronic charting and two-way
messaging systems. All of that comes in a beautiful panel that's
easy to learn and operate and that adds value to the aircraft."