King Air C90 Synthetic Trainer

This training device was built between August  2010 and November 2011 and was based around our King Air B200 Construction Plans. Some adjustments, however, were made to accommodate different panels and requirements where necessary or requested. The simulator was certified as a Synthetic Training Device by the CAA in December 2011 and is currently in full operation at Flight Training Manawatu.

Throttle Quadrant
  • 2 x Throttle Levers with lifting action to select Reverse Thrust (with appropriate Beta and Reverse Thrust audio)
  • 2 x Propellor Levers with Pitch Control and Feathering (with appropriate Feathering audio)  
  • The Autofeather Switch and responsive annunciators 
  • 2 x Condition Levers for High Idle and Low Idle 
  • Also incorporated within the Condition Levers are physical stops so that the levers must be moved sideways to select Fuel Cutoff
  • Elevator Trim, Rudder Trim, and Aileron Trim with multi-turn wheels to operate the trim indicators and trim the aircraft accordingly
  • Amended design of the B200 TQ as per C90 dimensions

 Yoke System
  • Linked Yoke System (designed using information supplied by the aircraft’s engineer)
  • A centre-off, spring-loaded rocker switch is fitted on the Captain’s yoke head to control Elevator Trim.
  • Both fibreglass Yoke Heads were moulded from originals.
  • Rudder Pedals (with operational Rudder Boost System)
  • Linked Rudder Pedals and Toe Brakes which were designed using information supplied by the aircraft’s engineer.

 Main Instrument Panel

  • Designed to sit in front of two LCD monitors with cutouts and fitted bezels emulating analog gauges. 
  • The HSI Bezel has functional Course and Heading knobs
  • The Altimeter has an QNH adjustment knob
  • Five operating Radios with dual displays and memory functions
  • Operational Transponder 
  • Audio Ident Switches
  • Operational GNS530 (by Emuteq) plus a Dummy Avidyne Panel
  • Operating Altitude Alert System
  • Both the DME Display and the NAV1 / NAV2 Selection Switches operate 
  • The RMI has both a VOR needle and an ADF needle

Glareshield Annunciators
  • All relevant alarms activate (including Generators, AutoFeather, Anti-Icing, Fuel Pumps and Pressures, etc.)



  • Operational Flaps Guage.
  • The Autopilot (including HDG, FD, ALT, NAV, BC, APPR, AP-on/off, Yaw Damper, and the UP /  DN pitch rocker switch) can be operated from the centre console.

Side Panels

Overhead Panels

  • Operational Compass
  • Dimmable cockpit lighting 
  • The DC VOLTS gauge operates to show appropriate voltage at start-up etc.
  • The PROP AMPS gauge operates and indicates current flow for propellor de-icing functions.
  • Other gauges are dummy only

External Views
As requested, the forward external views are provided by three widescreen monitors, which are mounted on a sliding platform. This allows them to be positioned as necessary (if the Captain's forward view is most important then the central monitor will sit front and centre of the Captain's seat, if the F/O's view is required then all three monitors will easily slide across to the right to best accommodate this). The relevant scenery was supplied and installed.


Computer System
  • One computer to run the simulaltion, scenery, and all control electronics.
  • 2 x 64 Input Boards
  • 1 x 64 Output Board
  • Annunciator Board
  • Compass PCB
  • Flight Control Interface Boards
  • Instructor Station computer consisting of an LCD monitor, mouse, and keyboard (connected to the simulator via Cat5 cable)

Synthetic Training Device Certification granted pursuant to CAR Part 61.33
  1. 20 hours instrument ground time towards the issue of an Instrument Rating - Aeroplane (AC61-17);
  2. Two hours of instrument ground time towards the currency requirements of an Instrument Rating - Aeroplane [CAR Part 61.807 (a)(2)(i)];
  3. One RNAV (GNSS), NDB, VOR, LLZ or ILS approach procedure toward the currency requirements of an Instrument Rating - Aeroplane [CAR Part 61.807 (a)(2)(i)];
  4. One RNAV (GNSS), NDB, VOR, LLZ (non-precision) or ILS (precision) approach procedure toward approach currency requirements of an Instrument Rating - Aeroplane in any one 3 month period [CAR Part 61.807 (a)(4)];
  5. Conduct of the cross-country portion and any one approach of every alternate Instrument Rating Annual Competency Demonstration - Aeroplane [required by CAR Part 61.801(a)(6)];
  6. Demonstration of Garmin 530 GNSS as a subsequent type and model (AC61-17, Appendix II)