Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (GCS) announced it has partnered with KPAK and AC Systems to offer its automatic cabin climate control system for the Beechcraft Bonanza. GCS will offer the product, CabinComfortPlus®, as an aftermarket installation at its factory-owned Hawker Beechcraft Services locations. Customers who order the system during the 2011 EAA AirVenture June 25-31, in Oshkosh, Wis., will receive introductory pricing.
“Adding more cabin comfort is just another way we can create an exceptional customer experience for the Bonanza,” said Christi Tannahill, Hawker Beechcraft vice president, GCS. “CabinComfortPlus brings automotive-style cabin climate control to our piston product line.”
CabinComfortPlus is a fully-automatic cabin climate control system that replaces the current Bonanza cooling system and provides a control panel to set cabin temperature zonally. The operator and/or passengers set the temperature for their zone to the desired setting and the system automatically maintains that temperature, enabling set-and-forget comfort throughout the cabin. The system is also certified for all phases of flight including takeoff and landing without the need to be turned off during startup or shutdown.
More than 40 pounds lighter than the current factory air conditioning system, CabinComfortPlus does not require ducts or scoops in the airflow therefore providing conditioned air without loss of speed due to drag. The system automatically switches between heating and cooling to maintain the desired set temperature lowering pilot workload and increasing safety. All fittings and hoses meet the Montreal Protocol for automobile air conditioning system integrity, providing no loss of refrigerant over time for improved reliability. During low aircraft voltage or engine starting, the system automatically shuts off. In warm weather, the blower starts as soon as the master switch is turned on to begin ventilating the cabin. Once the engine starts, the air will be cooled to the set temperature.
On-board diagnostics provide fault codes to service personnel for faster and more reliable repairs in the unlikely event of a malfunction, and there is no scheduled maintenance beyond visual assessments during annual aircraft inspections.