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The Aero Experience is a celebration of Midwest aviation and aerospace achievement. We invite you to join us as we explore the treasures of Midwest aviation through first-hand experiences. Our contributors take turns flying lead, and we are always looking for new destinations. Check in with The Aero Experience frequently to see where we will land today, and then go out and have your own aero experiences!

Blue skies,

Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016: General Aviation - King Air and Citation

Fred Harl and Carmelo Turdo AirVenture Oshkosh 2016 featured a large exhibit by Textron Aviation, the current manufacturer of Beechcraft and Cessna products.  In this and the next few editions in the series, we will feature the prominent aircraft types from Textron.   

The first two aircraft types are the Beechcraft King Air and Cessna Citation, two classic general aviation and business aviation crossovers.  Most often used in the business sector, the King Air and Citation lead their contemporaries with decades of civil, government and military service. 

The Beechcraft King Air models range from the C90 to the 250 and 350 series, each accommodating 8-10 passengers on flights ranging from 1200-1800 miles.  Each uses  efficient and reliable turboprop power and flies at near jet speeds.  Most trips in the King Air are a more practical 600-800 miles and under three hours in length.

The Cessna Citation series has been providing twin jet speed and comfort since the early 1970s when the Series 500 was introduced.  Since then, over 7,000 Citations have been delivered.  The Citation family ranges from the five-passenger Citation Mustang to the upcoming largest Citation, the Hemisphere.  The mid-size, mid-range Citation Latitude has emerged as the current best-selling business jet in its class.

Check The Aero Experience tomorrow for our look at how one St. Louis company helps aircraft owners effectively manage their King Air or Citation.   

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