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June 17, 2019

Commuter Air Technology receives EASA Approval for Operating Weight Increase

CAT 350 Operational Gross Weight Increase

CAT 350 Operational Gross Weight Increase

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Commuter Air Technology (CAT), a subsidiary of Meta Special Aerospace and global C3ISR provider of customized aircraft modifications, has received design change approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for its Operating Weight Increase (OWI) STC.  Under the certificate, CAT is now fully authorized to sell their proprietary OWI – also known as the CAT 350 Operational Gross Weight Increase (GWI) – to European operators of King Air B300 or B300C aircraft.

The original CAT 350 Operational GWI STC was awarded in July 2015 to support CAT’s Maximum Endurance (ME) configuration for the King Air B300 aircraft that increases the operational gross weight which complements our extended range fuel tank STC. The CAT 350 Operational GWI provides an overall increase in operating weights for the King Air B300 series aircraft with increased ramp weight to 16,600 pounds, take-off weight of 16,500 pounds, and landing weight of 15,675 pounds.  

“We are pleased to expand the offering of our 350 Operational Gross Weight Increase to European owners and operators,” comments Darryl Wilkerson, MSA President and CEO.  “CAT has been engineering industry-leading King Air enhancements for customers globally since 1988 and we have 50 enhancements/STC’s currently in production,” Wilkerson added.  

CAT continues engineering on several King Air enhancements that are to be announced later this year.

About Commuter Air Technology
Commuter Air Technology delivers certified aircraft and customized aircraft modifications for commercial and government applications around the globe. Modifications range from flight performance enhancements and high-density passenger systems to cargo conversions and corporate reconfigurations. With nearly 30 years of experience, Commuter Air Technology offers a full line of technical support services, such as crew provision, training, program management, aircraft maintenance, engineering as well as STC process management and Airworthiness certifications. Commuter Air Technology is a Meta Special Aerospace company.  Learn more at www.commuterair.com

About Meta Special Aerospace
Meta Special Aerospace (MSA) is a fully integrated and agile enterprise of aerospace and defense companies.  MSA responds quickly and efficiently to government and commercial operators of mission-optimized aircraft with specialized aircraft performance enhancing products and contracted defense special mission services. MSA offers key services within its core operating markets of Manned Airborne ISR, Special Mission Training and Exercise Support, and Aviation Services.  The MSA portfolio of companies includes Commuter Air Technology, Valair Aviation, Mission Transportation and Alpha28.  Learn more at www.metaspecialaerospace.com.