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Smyrna delivers first GE H80 powered plane

January 24, 2013, 04:48 pm

Smyrna Air Center recently announced that it has delivered the first ever King Air C90 powered by General Electric's new H80 800 SHP engines.

The 1974 King Air C90 was equipped with two new GE H80 800 SHP engines, as well as two new Avia V510 5-Blade Quiet Propellers.

“I could not be more pleased with Smyrna Air Center, GE, or the aircraft,” said Curt Drumm, owner of Lakeshore Aviation in Manitowoc, Wisconsin and the new plane's owner. “The excitement over this aircraft is high and has allowed us to pre-sell charter time in the plane. We fully expect to keep four-seven whiskey flying day after day. I'm already starting to get calls from potential H80 customers wanting to demo the plane.”

Smyrna Air Center's Avionics Department also installed a Dual Garmin G600 MFD/PFD/AHRS and an ADS-B Compliant Garmin GTX-330ES Mode S Transponder, as well as a Garmin GWX-70 Color Radar, Garmin 530W GPS and a GDL-69 Satellite Weather Downlink.

Another company reported strong aircraft sales throughout 2012. CubCrafters announced earlier this month that it delivered 58 new planes in 2012, up 23 percent compared to last year and an all time record for the company.

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