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New – San Diego’s Only King Air 200, By Premier Air Charter LLC

Charter Operator Premier Air Charter based at KMYF Montgomery Field in San Diego, CA has added a King Air 200 to their charter fleet.  N825KA sports a 2015 refurbished interior and fresh red, white and blue paint scheme.

The only charter King Air based in central San Diego, Montgomery Field is just 15 minutes from downtown San Diego, or San Diego International Airport.

Premier Air Charter now offers a fleet of 5 charter aircraft in San Diego.  In addition to the King Air 200 they operate a Cessna Conquest II, two Eclipse 500’s and a Learjet 35A designated for med-flights/ambulance.

The Premier Air Charter full fleet is listed ONLY in FlightList PRO.

San Diego based King Air 200 operated by Premier Air Charter.

San Diego-based King Air 200 operated by Premier Air Charter.

Premier Air Charter King Air 200 Interior - Refurbished 2015

Premier Air Charter King Air 200 Interior – Refurbished 2015

San Diego King Air 200 interior seating layout

San Diego King Air 200 interior seating floorplan layout

Cessna/Beechcraft Moving Forward With New Single-Engine Turboprop

Textron Aviation which owns Cessna and Beechcraft among others announced last week it is moving forward on a new single-engine turboprop which appears to be aimed squarely at the Pilatus PC-12 market.

The goal is to have a range of 1,500 NM and fly at 280 kts with the ability to operate out of rough fields according to the Textron spokesperson.  Before it’s acquisition by Textron, Beechcraft had plans in 2012 for a single-engine turboprop based on the composite Premier jet fuselage but ultimately did not have the funding at that time to pursue it.

Textron has resurrected those plans and is moving forward with a development team to bring it to market.  A spokesperson at EAA Airventure in Oshkosh, WI last week said they were planning to have something to show next year at this time.

Textron Beechcraft single engine turboprop

Beechcraft mock-up image of the proposed single-engine turboprop in 2012 based on the Premier jet fuselage.         Image courtesy of AOPA News

“As a pilot and aircraft owner, and also as someone involved in the air charter market, this is exciting,” remarked Rick Colson, founder and president of New Flight Charters, a large nationwide leader with a wealth of experience in the charter market over the past 12 years.  “The diminishing demand and market of piston twins is largely a result of the introduction and growth of more capable and reliable single-engine turboprops, albeit more costly as well.  With a family of 5+ for example, the step up from single and twin engine pistons is steep but also are the gains in reliability, comfort and safety, not to mention performance.”

These gains combined with attractive costs comparative to other turboprops and light jets provide for a popular private charter aircraft choice as well.

Textron’s Cessna track record of speedy new product development and launches, along with the Beechcraft legacy King Air line up and support, clear the skies for a successful new aircraft and perhaps a new category leader.

The Pilatus PC-12 has climbed in popularity over the past 10 years and has taken considerable share of, and expanded, the turboprop market as one of the most popular turbine powered business aircraft.  Having arguably the most reliable aircraft engine in the world in the Pratt & Whitney PT-6 lends confidence and supports the category-leading performance, capability and operating cost of the PC-12.

It was only a matter of time before a rival product joined the market.  And the Textron/Cessna/Beechcraft family is perfectly positioned.  Bring on the new addition, it’s exciting news on many fronts.

Source:  New Flight Charters

New Charter Operator Nexgen Aviation

Nexgen Aviation Charter OperatorOnly available in FlightList PRO, 2010 Pilatus PC-12 NG is now certified for Part-135 charter and operated by Nexgen Aviation, LLC under Air Carrier Certificate # 3NXA084L.  Based at KLEX Lexington, KY they also have a 2008 Cirrus SR-22 high performance piston single on charter.

Nexgen Aviation also offers aircraft management and is a Part 141 pilot training facility.

Pilatus PC-12 NG charter with operator Nexgen Aviation

Pilatus PC-12 NG charter with operator Nexgen Aviation