King Air 652 back in SAAF service after extensive refurbishing


The SA Air Force’s (SAAF) 41 Squadron has a fully refurbished King Air B200 back in service after being without the aircraft for just on three years.

The refurbishment team of Execujet Aviation Group started extensive work on the twin-engined aircraft last November at its Lanseria facility after being awarded a contract to refurbish the entire SAAF King Air fleet. The to do list included installation of a new digital Garmin 1000 avionics system, interior and exterior refurbishment as well as a major maintenance inspection.
“Following extensive testing we are delighted to hand the aircraft back to the SAAF and look forward to working on the rest of the fleet,” Ettore Poggi, vice president Africa for Execujet said at AFB Waterkloof where the aircraft was received by SAAF Chief Lieutenant General Zakes Msimang and a team of generals and senior officers. Recently appoint Armscor chief executive Kevin Wakeford was also on hand to welcome the King Air (tail number 652) back into service at the light transport squadron.

For the SAAF refurbishment of aircraft in its fleet is an enhancement of the air transport value chain.

Execujet is an approved Hawker Beechcraft, Bombardier Aerospace, Dassault and Honeywell engine approved Service Centre and holds dealerships for avionics OEMs including Honeywell, Universal, Rockwell Collins, Avidyne Corporation and Garmin.