Bend, Ore.-based Epic Aircraft today launched a pair of turbine twins at the Sun ’n’ Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla. Despite the current economic climate, company CEO Rick Schrameck told AIN that this is “just the time to invest” in developing more aircraft.
Beechcraft Super King Air
The FAA is hailing three South Florida air traffic controllers for assisting Doug White, a fixed-wing single-engine-rated private pilot and passenger, in safely landing King Air B200 N559DW on Sunday afternoon after pilot Joe Cabuk Jr. became incapacitated minutes after takeoff from Marco Island (Fla.) Executive Airport.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air 200, Punta Chivato, Mexico, Nov. 3, 2008–The King Air was destroyed when it crashed soon after takeoff from Punta Chivato Airstrip, and the sole-occupant pilot was killed. The turboprop cleared a small hill, then appeared to lose airspeed and slow its climb before hitting the ground. A fire consumed most of the airplane. The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Government of Mexico.
Hawker Beechcraft’s latest advertising campaign suggests that the Big Three Detroit CEOs “might have received a warmer reception from their legislative hosts” if they had used a King Air 350, thereby saving approximately 220 gallons of fuel and thousands of dollars in operating costs. The King Air 350 is “one of the greenest aircraft in the sky,” the company said, and “clearly the best deal in town–all good news to the folks in D.C.
Hawker Beechcraft Super King Air B200, Liberal, Kan., Nov. 16, 2008–At 34,000 feet, the pilot reported a loss of all avionics power and smoke in the cockpit. The King Air landed safely at Liberal. Damage was reported as minor. The turboprop is registered to Radio Flyer of Oklahoma City.
The Direction de la Défense et de la Sécurité Civile (DDSC) of Marseilles, France, has selected StandardAero to provide PW100 and PT6 engine maintenance services. The total contract value for the first six years is expected to be approximately $20 million. A six-year contract extension is possible.
Despite Hawker Beechcraft announcement earlier this month that it is to lay off 5 percent of its workforce in the face of the global economic slowdown, executives with the U.S. manufacturer here at the MEBA show say the Middle East remains one of the few remaining bright spots for airplane sales. This is why it recently opened a new sales office in Dubai.
The 350i is a new version of the King Air 350 with Serenity System interior soundproofing, LED lighting, electrochromic window darkening and Rockwell Collins Venue cabin entertainment/management system. The $6.526 million King Air 350i is scheduled for FAA certification and entry into service in the third quarter next year.
Hawker Beechcraft took the wraps off the Hawker 450XP and King Air 350i last month. Both aircraft enjoy cabin make-overs for the people in back who pay the bills and, in the case of the revamped Hawker, the pilots up front will get Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics and more modern engines.