Japan's Military Marks 500,000 Accident-Free King Air C90 Hours
Raytheon this month announced its fleet of TC90 twin turboprops based on its King Air C90 platform has reached a major milestone: 500,000 accident-free flight hours. The TC90 aircraft, operated by Japan's Maritime Self Defense Force’s (JMSDF) Tokushima Air Training Group (ATG), have been used for multiengine and instrument training since 1973; some 34 aircraft have been used or are on order in the training program since it began. Raytheon Aircraft Company’s authorized dealer in Japan, Itochu Aviation, sells and delivers the aircraft to JMSDF; JAMCO Corporation, Raytheon Aircraft Company’s authorized service center in Japan, supports the aircraft. “Raytheon Aircraft Company is proud that the extremely proficient pilots/instructors of the Tokushima Air Training Group have continued to select the TC90 for their very important training mission,” said Beechcraft President and General Manager Randy Groom.
Needed modifications to the basic King Air C90 are made by Raytheon in Wichita, Kan. Delivered airplanes include a four-tube EFIS avionics system, other mission-specific avionics and provisions for additional equipment to be installed in Japan. The standard interior is swapped for training configuration with lightweight cabin chairs, cabinets and racks, and the aircraft is delivered in its primer coating for painting in Japan. The Tokushima ATG currently flies 25 aircraft in the program and has trained over 3,740 pilots.