The Beechcraft King Air turboprop fleet has surpassed 60 million flight hours, the Wichita-based aircraft manufacturer announced today at the Sun ’n Fun Fly-in in Lakeland, Fla. More than 7,000 King Airs are currently flying in 127 countries around the world, including all branches of the U.S. military. “We greatly value the global experience of our customers and use it to drive major and minor product improvements in the King Air line,” said company executive vice president of sales and marketing Shawn Vick.
The Beechcraft King Air turboprop fleet has surpassed 60 million flight hours, the Wichita-based aircraft manufacturer announced today at the Sun ’n Fun Fly-in in Lakeland, Fla. More than 7,000 King Airs are in operation in 127 countries, including all branches of the U.S. military.
While NTSB investigators at South Bend Airport (SBN) in Indiana are searching for the cause of the March 17 crash of a Hawker Beechcraft Premier I, they are also wondering if there’s any connection between the SBN accident and two other Premier crashes in the past month. Nine people died in the three accidents.
Constant Aviation of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport has named Rich Barlow as the MRO’s Northeast regional sales manager. Most of Barlow’s 30 years of aviation experience has been in MRO sales. Most recently he was the Northeast region sales manager for Hawker Beechcraft. Barlow will be responsible for selling maintenance, avionics, interior modifications/refurbishments, composite and accessory services for the Northeast Region. He will also work with the parts distribution division, Constant Aviation Rotable Exchange, to support customers’ parts needs.
Though largely overshadowed by a heavy military presence, the business aviation sector made its voice heard at last month’s Aero India show in Bangalore (February 6 to 10). Serious obstacles continue to stand in the way of those trying to fulfill bizav’s undoubted potential in this vast emerging market (see box), but this has not deterred the major manufacturers from increasing their presence in India.
After delays of nearly a year, the U.S. Air Force has selected Sierra Nevada Corp. and its partner Embraer Defense and Security for its light air support program (LAS).
With its official emergence from the bankruptcy of Hawker Beechcraft on February 19, the new Beechcraft Corp. returned to the roots planted in Kansas by founders Walter and Olive Ann Beech in 1932.
It has been a long and sometimes rough road since the company was founded, a path marked most recently by a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing by Hawker Beechcraft in May 2012. Now, after nearly 10 months and confirmation of its joint plan of reorganization by the bankruptcy court on February 1, the aircraft manufacturer has exited bankruptcy.
After delays of nearly a year, the U.S. Air Force announced yesterday that it selected Sierra Nevada Corp. and its partner, Embraer Defense and Security, for its light air support program (LAS). After a lengthy rebidding process, the Air Force in essence confirmed its original choice of the A-29 Super Tucano, built by Brazilian airplane manufacturer Embraer.
The U.S. Air Force (USAF) for a second time has selected the Embraer A-29 Super Tucano for its Light Air Support (LAS) requirement, according to Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), the U.S. proponent.
The emergence from bankruptcy of Hawker Beechcraft last week not only marked the beginning of the new Beechcraft Corp., but also signaled the end of the Hawker business jet line. Choosing to focus instead on its turboprop products, government contracts and aircraft service, the Wichita-based manufacturer has shut down all jet production and sold its remaining inventory of new and in-production Hawker 4000s and Premier IAs.