During EBACE Beechcraft has delivered a G58 Baron to SaxonAir, a Norwich, UK-based charter company that also has bases at Biggin Hill and Cannes, France. The Baron will be used for company transportation and will also be available for charter. SaxonAir’s fleet includes the Hawker 900XP and 400XP, a King Air 350, two Citation Mustangs and Eurocopter EC120 and EC135 helicopters.
KingAirNation (KAN), the year-old website devoted to Beechcraft King Air series turboprops and those who love them, launched a section on its site for European members of KAN seeking Euro-centric King Air news. Labeled “KAN Europe,” it is now live on the KingAirNation site.
“We have been planning this for a while, and it is still going to be somewhat of a work in progress while we aggregate more European King Air news,” said KAN founder Danny Carpenter, “but we could not be happier for being able to roll out a new feature our members have been asking for.”
Blackhawk Modifications president Jim Allmon announced the appointment of two new regional sales managers. Kevin Swash has responsibility for Southeast Asia and Oceania, bringing with him a wealth of experience in Australia and Indonesia in the fields of engineering and business development. Bill Cadow has been appointed to cover the eastern U.S., having formerly worked in various sales fields for Hawker Beechcraft.
Since Luma Technologies received approval for its Lumatech LED caution/warning panels for Beechcraft King Air 200, 300, 350 and 1900D models, the company has been receiving significant interest in the product. The panels hold supplemental type certificate/parts manufacturer approval certification.
Since it exited a 10-month restructuring process and Chapter 11 protection in February, the rebranded Beechcraft (formerly Hawker Beechcraft) has performed well and is even looking at possible new models to bolster its turboprop line-up.
Hawker Beechcraft emerged from bankruptcy in February, restructured and rebranded as Beechcraft (Booth 7060), and the message it brings to EBACE is that it has refocused on the business of building and selling airplanes, and servicing and supporting what it builds.
Beechcraft has two “significant” elements to its show presence here. The stand in the main hall, said executive v-p of sales and marketing Shawn Vick, “is branded universally as Beechcraft and we are represented there by members of our African, European and Middle East teams.”
For BLR Aerospace vice president of sales and marketing Dave Marone, EBACE is “a show that becomes more important every year.” The U.S. manufacturer of performance improvement modifications for Beechcraft King Airs and helicopters generates about 15 percent of its business in Europe. “We’re getting our fair share of business out of Europe,” he said. “Not to be involved with EBACE is like putting a big X into Europe.”
Beechcraft, which recently emerged from bankruptcy protection and is now focused on its piston and turboprop products, expects to sell its mothballed jet division in the coming months. According to CEO Bill Boisture, the company has already completed disposition of its remaining inventory of approximately 20 new and pre-owned Hawker 4000 and Premier IA jets, a move he said went “better than planned,” though he declined to offer details about the revenue derived from their sale.
Newly restructured Beechcraft logged 65 deliveries–including six Hawker 4000s–in the first quarter, compared with 41 deliveries a year ago. According to Beechcraft CEO Bill Boisture, the upgrade programs for the Hawker 400XPR and 800XPR are also “attracting a strong positive response,” with slots in 2013 sold out for the 400XPR program as it completes its final certification phase. “Our plan throughout last year’s restructuring was to emerge as a stronger, more agile organization,” said Boisture.
Beechcraft has appointed Flying Colours of Ontario, Canada, an authorized service center (ASC) for the King Air, Baron and Bonanza. The new status allows the Peterborough facility to offer maintenance, modifications, refurbishment and paint under the terms of the ASC. Flying Colours has a long affiliation with Beechcraft dating back to the early 1980s and the Beech 99. The facility employs 18 technicians.