GENEVA, Switzerland (May 20, 2013) – Beechcraft Corporation’s Global Customer Support organization today announced its factory-owned Hawker Beechcraft Services facilities are now authorized installation centers for the CenTex HALO 250 gross weight increase modification for Beechcraft King Air 200 aircraft.
The HALO 250 conversion adds 920 pounds of payload capacity by increasing the maximum takeoff weight of King Air 200-series aircraft from 12,500 pounds to 13,420 pounds. CenTex Aerospace, Inc. of Waco, Texas, developed the modification and received FAA certification in October 2012.
“This is a much-anticipated mod for many owners eager to have room for more passengers plus baggage with full fuel, while also adding new safety systems,” said Christi Tannahill, Beechcraft’s senior vice president, Global Customer Support. “We are pleased to offer this important upgrade at our Hawker Beechcraft Services locations.”
HALO 250 offers a normal category STC option as well as a commuter category STC, which allows transport of passengers and cargo without the limitations that accompany restricted category operations. A BE-200 type rating is required to operate converted airplanes in commuter category.
The modification is compatible with Garmin G1000 and Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics, as well as many popular King Air 200 STCs, including Raisbeck modifications, BLR winglets and Blackhawk engine conversions.
The CenTex HALO 250 modification can be installed at any of the 10 factory-owned Hawker Beechcraft Services located across the United States, in Mexico and the United Kingdom. The Hawker Beechcraft Services facilities network offers the highest quality of maintenance training, full-factory engineering support and focused, model-specific expertise for maintenance, modification, paint and upgrade services on the full line of Hawker and Beechcraft aircraft.
Headquartered in Wichita, Kan., the company’s Global Customer Support (GCS) organization is dedicated to improving the value of both Hawker and Beechcraft aircraft by employing products and services to simplify aircraft ownership, reduce operating cost and increase resale value. GCS is comprised of five functional groups that include Support Plus (cost predictability/warranty programs), Hawker Beechcraft Parts & Distribution (genuine factory parts), Hawker Beechcraft Services (factory-owned service centers), Technical Support (Field Support Representatives, Hot Line specialists and Technical Publications) and Global Mission Support (government business and special mission maintenance / training support).
The Halo 250 STC conversion will increase the current MTOW of 12,500 pounds to a new MTOW of 13,420 pounds or 14,000 pounds, for aircraft equipped with high flotation landing gear.
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