Waco, TX – January 14, 2015 – CenTex Aerospace, Inc. has announced submission of their application to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for their Saddle Tank conversion STC. The Saddle Tank conversion offers a tremendous benefit to the King Air operators throughout Europe, a fleet that totals more than 500 aircraft. CenTex has already received several requests for Saddle Tank installations from the UK, France, Germany, and Switzerland. 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 Tank STC allows the aircraft to be operated with or without the tanks in case there is a reason to do so.