The Administración Nacional de Aviación Civil Argentina has approved the first three of numerous STCs for Raisbeck Performance Systems for the Beech King Air. The current STCs are for Raisbeck’s dual aft body strakes for the 200/B200/B200GT series and 90/C90 series, and for wing lockers on the 90 series. Additional applications are currently proceeding through the ANAC approval process.
Beechcraft Super King Air
Avion Pacific and Hawker Beechcraft sealed a $50 million deal yesterday for 10 Beechcraft King Air twin-turboprops. The order is for a combination of the largest King Air–the 350i–and the smallest, the C90GTx. Deliveries will begin in the fourth quarter of this year.
Hawker Beechcraft’s 400XPR upgrade program has achieved two milestones: the first set of Williams International FJ44-4A-32 engines was recently mounted on the 400XPR test airplane and certification has been achieved for the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite.
Hawker Beechcraft is evaluating whether the long-serving but still popular Baron 58 piston twin could be adapted for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions.
Hawker Beechcraft and Asia-Pacific distributor, Hawker Pacific, today announced the delivery of a fleet of five King Airs–two Model 350Cs (cargo-door variant) and three B200Cs–to the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Eastern Division in Australia. The turboprops will join a fleet of air ambulance aircraft operated on contract for New South Wales Department of Health for aeromedical primary response and inter-hospital transfers. The King Air 350C is the first one in the region that is fully dedicated to the air ambulance mission.
Hawker Beechcraft is exhibiting its King Air 350ER special-mission demonstrator in the Singapore Airshow static display, the first time the type has appeared in the Asia Pacific region. The twin-engine turboprop is outfitted with high-density seating, medevac stretchers, a belly-mounted search radome and electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) sensors.
Hawker Pacific is hailing a couple of breakthroughs in avionics upgrades at its Asian service centers. At its Manila base in the Philippines, the company installed a Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite on a Beechcraft King Air 350 turboprop. This “first” was a collaborative effort with its service center in Cairns, Australia. Meanwhile in Singapore, three King Air B200s received–for the first time in Asia, according to Hawker Pacific–Garmin G1000 systems.
Hawker Pacific is celebrating its continued growth beyond Australia and into the wider Asia Pacific region by formally opening its new Singapore operation during the airshow here this week.
Arabian Jets of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and CAE signed a long-term agreement for pilot training services on eight business aircraft types yesterday at the Dubai Air Show. The training, which will be conducted at Emirates-CAE Flight Training in Dubai and other CAE locations, will include initial and recurrent courses.
Raytheon has come to Dubai to press the case for its special-mission aircraft expertise in a region where the U.S. company sees a healthy market for airborne ISR (intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance).