Wichita-based Hawker Beechcraft yesterday reported third-quarter pre-tax profits of $62.1 million and quarterly aircraft sales of $871 million, resulting in a backlog of $5.2 billion. The company delivered 75 business airplanes (10 Hawker 850XPs, eight 900XPs, 12 400XPs, five Premier IAs and 40 King Airs) in the third quarter, up slightly from the 72 business turboprops and jets shipped in the year-ago period.
Beechcraft Super King Air
Standard Aero has entered a five-year purchase agreement with Pratt & Whitney Canada for 500 aircraft engines as part of its PT6A-135A, -42 and -52 upgrade program.
According to the 13-year-old lone survivor of the April 4 crash of a King Air B200 that took the lives of six others, including her mother and father, “everything seemed fine” until they were close to landing. The NTSB reported she felt the airplane enter a left turn and become “almost completely upside down.” After briefly straightening out, she said, the airplane entered another left turn with a bank angle of the same severity.
Starting next year, Raytheon will offer the Goodrich Sky Watch HP collision avoidance system as a standard option on the King Air B200 and 350. No price was immediately available, but the Sky Watch HP as a traffic advisory system carries a list price of about $28,915 uninstalled. The unit can also be installed as a TCAS I. Installed in the King Air, the system will be displayed on the airplane’s Goodrich Stormscope CRT.
Well known Brussels-based FBO and air taxi company Abelag Aviation is celebrating its 40th anniversary, making it one of the oldest business aviation companies in Europe. “We are also the oldest Belgian air transport operator still in the hands of private Belgian investors,” said Hervé Laitat, the company’s deputy general director.
Iridium Satellite of Bethesda, Md., has added four North American air-ambulance operators to its subscriber rolls.
Air Methods has decided to install Sky Connect Tracker systems for Iridium-based automatic flight following as well as cockpit voice and data communications in its aircraft.
Elliott Aviation (Static Display No. 6567) comes to the NBAA Convention with a new president and COO, Mick Harrison. Elliott’s stable of STCs now includes installation of the Universal Avionics application server unit for Cessna Citations and Dassault Falcons, and Rockwell Collins’ integrated flight information system for the King Air B200 and 350.
Formerly a subsidiary of Raytheon Company, Raytheon Aircraft was bought earlier this year by Onex and GS Capital Partners and promptly renamed Hawker Beechcraft (Booth No. 6159). And at its first NBAA show under a “new” brand, president of commercial sales Brad Hatt described a corporate culture in which “we’re going to design, build and service the very best products in the business.”
Of all the sub-segments of the general aviation market, the turboprop field is the only one not experiencing a marked increase of new development. At airshow after airshow, very light jets, personal single-engine jets, more powerful piston singles and light sport airplanes have garnered the greatest amount of attention.
Blackhawk Modifications of Waco, Texas, is in Atlanta this week to announce its latest engine power upgrade for the Beech King Air 200, the Dash 61 STC program featuring factory-new 850-shp Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-61 turboshafts with a higher thermodynamic horsepower rating in place of the original PT6A-42 powerplants.