Waco, TX – January 23, 2015 – CenTex Aerospace, Inc. has announced submission of their application to the Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC) in Brazil for validation of their Saddle Tank conversion STC. The Saddle Tanks offer a tremendous benefit to the many King Air operators throughout Brazil and neighboring countries. The application process is expected to move quickly, with anticipated approval in March, 2015.
The FAA issued the original STC to CenTex Aerospace on July 12, 2013, approved for Beechcraft 65-A90 series aircraft. On September 11, 2014, the FAA issued their approval of the amendment to the STC that added the Beechcraft 90, 200, and 300 series airplanes.
The Saddle Tanks for the King Air mount aft of the engine nacelle, and provide up to an additional 95 gallons per side for a total of 190 gallons, extending range more than 600 NM. An optional tank configuration, the “Saddle Tanks Plus” offers fuel plus storage. This configuration provides 60 gallons per side for a total of 120 gallons plus 9 cu ft of storage.
The Saddle Tanks are constructed solely from aircraft grade aluminum and mounted on top of the wing behind each engine nacelle. Simple design provides reliable fuel transfer from Saddle Tanks to wing tanks via gravity flow – no fuel pumps are needed. Fuel transfer occurs seamlessly without any pilot action required. Fuel level is displayed on a cockpit indicating system that is included in the conversion.
Also, the CenTex Saddle Tanks can be removed and the aircraft reconfigured very easily to fly without the tanks. The Saddle Tanks STC allows the aircraft to be operated with or without the tanks in case there is a reason to do so.