History of the Challenger: 600, 601

Challenger 600 Certified in 1980, the Challenger 600 was based on Bill Lear’s LearStar 600. Canadair was responsible for the production of the Challenger 600 until 1986 when it became a division of Bombardier Aerospace. One of its most unique features is its widened fuselage, allowing for a “walk-about cabin.” It was also one of [...]

By | October 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Flight Training with Brooke Banglesdorf: Part II

Charlie Bravo CEO René Banglesdorf has worked as a woman in a male-dominated industry for decades. Now, her daughter is getting a taste. Brooke is in the midst of flight school at Genesis in Georgetown, Texas, and she’s seeing a side of aviation that not many women get to see. According to Brooke, there isn’t [...]

By | October 17th, 2017|0 Comments

History of the King Air: 300-350

King Air 300 Introduced to the market in 1984, what was known at the time as the “Super King Air 300,” the “Super” designation being dropped in 1996, was created as a successor to the 200 series. Based on the B200, the Model 300 has a modified airframe and more powerful engines with redesigned cowlings. [...]

By | October 10th, 2017|0 Comments

History of the King Air: 100-200

King Air 100 Introduced in 1969, the King Air 100 was created as a stretched version of the Model 90 with a fuselage that’s 50 inches longer. Compared to the 90, the Model 100’s MTOW was increased by 1,300 lbs. It also comes equipped with more powerful engines and a modified tail. In 1972, Beechcraft [...]

By | October 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

Flight Training with Brooke Banglesdorf

For years, Charlie Bravo President Curt Banglesdorf has tried to convince his daughter, Brooke, to train to be a private pilot. After years of writing it off, she finally said yes. We’ll follow Brooke through the pilot training process and her personal experiences to be chronicled on the Charlie Bravo blog. A combination of Brooke’s [...]

By | September 25th, 2017|0 Comments

History of the King Air: E90-H90

King Air E90 Following the C90, Beechcraft moved onto the King Air E90 after a D90 prototype was abandoned. The E90 is simply a more powerful version of the C90. The two models were produced in parallel, with the E90’s major difference being upgraded PT6A-28 engines that give the aircraft a further range, faster cruise [...]

By | September 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Charlie Bravo Aviation Becomes Harvey Support HQ

For the last few days, Charlie Bravo Aviation's office has gone from brokerage firm to disaster relief headquarters. Last week, Robin Eissler, COO of jetAVIVA, reached out to Charlie Bravo CEO René Banglesdorf to see if she'd be willing to team up in an effort to provide support to the victims of Hurricane Harvey in [...]

By | September 7th, 2017|0 Comments

History of the King Air: A90-C90

King Air 90/A90 After 10 months of test flying the “proof-of-concept” King Air 87, which never came to market, Beechcraft flew the Model 65-90 for the first time in January of 1964. The first production 65-90 was delivered in October of the same year. Variations of the 65-90 include the 65-A90, 65-A90-1, 65-A90-2, 65-A90-3, and [...]

By | August 29th, 2017|0 Comments

History of the Queen Air: 88 and Excalibur

Queen Air 88 In 1965, Beechcraft introduced the Queen Air 88 as the first pressurized Queen Air. The Queen Air 88 has circular fuselage windows, making it look more like a 90 series King Air than its Queen Air predecessors with square windows. Although it has similar characteristics to the B80, the Queen Air 88 [...]

By | August 15th, 2017|0 Comments

History of the Queen Air: 65-80

Queen Air 65 In 1960, Before the King Air came into existence, Beechcraft began production of the Queen Air 65. The Queen Air was based on Beechcraft’s Twin Bonanza, using the same wing and engines while featuring a larger fuselage. The model 65 was the first Queen Air to be produced, remaining in production from [...]

By | August 9th, 2017|0 Comments
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