Hawker Beechcraft is displaying for the first time the latest addition to the company’s customer demonstration fleet, a King Air 350ER configured to highlight the type’s adaptability to a variety of special missions. Appropriately, the aircraft carries the registration N1459, corresponding to the number of special mission turboprops that had been sold by this spring.
Beechcraft Super King Air
They went to Geneva hoping to go home in a better mood, and many of them will have done so, based on the uplifting experience Ebace delegates had at this year’s show (May 17 to 19). After a couple of years in which the prevailing vibe at the European bizav clan’s annual gathering has been one of mutual commiseration, Ebace 2011 delivered tangible evidence of recovery.
Hawker Beechcraft Corp. (HBC) has announced the King Air 200GTR upgrade program for existing King Air 200GT turboprop owners and operators at EBACE yesterday. The upgrades will increase the performance and resale value of King Air 200GT, according to the company.
At the NBAA convention in October, Hawker Beechcraft announced the King Air 250, the predecessor to the King Air B200GT. Here at EBACE, Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support made its first major King Air announcement, King Air 200GTR. Quite simply, this is the aftermarket upgrade of the 200GT that gives it the performance improvements of the King Air 250.
Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (GCS), which provides aftermarket service and support for all aircraft platforms of the U.S. airframer, also handles enhancements and modifications of those aircraft. Here in Geneva, GCS is highlighting new developments of several aircraft, including the Hawker 400XPR, the Hawker 750 and the King Air 200GTR.
Hawker Beechcraft received type certification from the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand for the King Air 350i turboprop twin. First deliveries of the aircraft started in January. In other news at Hawker Beechcraft, the company appointed Patrick Kelly interim CFO and principal financial officer. Former CFO Sid Anderson resigned in January.
Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (GCS) is augmenting its existing service and support resources with the addition of dedicated air and ground mobile support vehicles. According to Christi Tannahill, Hawker Beechcraft vice president for global customer support, the new ground vehicle is built on a 33,000 GVW Freightliner chassis and includes a customized service platform.
Fulfilling a campaign promise, newly installed Florida governor Rick Scott directed the state to sell the state’s two business airplanes–a 2000 Beechcraft King Air 350 and a 2003 Cessna Citation Bravo. His predecessor, Charlie Crist, made frequent use of these aircraft, as the airlines offer few intrastate nonstop flights and Florida’s geographical shape can make for lengthy drives.
Brazil's Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC) has awarded Elliott Aviation an STC for the installation of Rockwell Collins's traffic alert and collision avoidance system (TCAS 4000) in the Hawker Beechcraft King Air 200 and 300 series. Elliott Aviation previously earned certification for the installation from the FAA. The installation costs approximately $200,000, would be done at Elliott's Moline, Ill.