$14M Expansion at Hawker Beech Indianapolis

 - October 22, 2008, 12:29 PM

Hawker Beechcraft Services (HBS) broke ground last Friday on a $14 million expansion of its aircraft maintenance facility at Indianapolis International Airport. The expansion will include a new 6,500-sq-ft terminal and a 40,000-sq-ft maintenance hangar with 20,000 sq ft of back shops and administrative offices. Up to 50 new jobs will be created during the next three years, with the newly upgraded facility due to open in the second quarter of next year, followed shortly thereafter by 24-hour operations. The new facilities will include customer offices with computers, Wi-Fi, printers and telephones, as well as a new product showroom highlighting new avionics and interior products. HBS will upgrade eight other U.S. locations as part of a plan to provide “the industry’s best customer support,” said Bill Brown, Hawker Beechcraft president of global customer service and support. The sale earlier this year of Hawker Beechcraft’s FBO network to BBA Aviation is helping pay for the maintenance division upgrades. “We have a commitment to extend our HBS service centers regardless of what is going on in the world financially,” said a company spokesman.