Citing its intention to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as the standalone Beechcraft Corp., Hawker Beechcraft notified employees yesterday that it will begin the process of closing Hawker Beechcraft Services facilities in Little Rock, Ark.; Mesa, Ariz.; and San Antonio. The Wichita-based OEM also affirmed that approximately 240 employees will be affected at these locations.
As Hawker Beechcraft moves toward its resurrection as Beechcraft Corp. after exiting bankruptcy protection in the spring, it has not ignored research and development. Today at the NBAA Convention, Hawker Beechcraft executive vice president of customers Shawn Vick announced plans for three new turboprops, one of which will be a single-engine model and another a twin; the third is yet to be defined.
Hawker Beechcraft successfully completed the maiden flight of its second AT-6 production-representative test vehicle (PRTV) on April 5 in Wichita. The first PRTV first flew with the new mission avionics suite last September. The second PRTV is the first to fly with the intended powerplant, the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-68D rated at 1,600 shp (1194 kW).