According to Piper Aircraft’s recently appointed executive vice president, Randy Groom, a year ago only 12 people were actively working on the single-engine PiperJet program. Now there are more than 100, all but a few of them full-time Piper employees. Groom, formerly president of Hawker Beechcraft’s global customer service and support and its Beechcraft division, said that before he accepted the Piper job, he asked to fly the PiperJet.
In a letter to Hawker Beechcraft employees July 23, vice president of human resources Rich Jiwanlal dismisses union allegations that the Wichita-based OEM is planning cuts that “could shrink Hawker’s total hourly work force by as much as 75 percent within the next two years, without a guarantee of even the last few jobs remaining.” In his letter, Jiwanlal did not mention the union, but said, “News sources have speculated that 50 to 75 percent
According to Machinists District 70, which represents some 2,400 hourly workers at Hawker Beechcraft, the company is considering a move away from Wichita, the OEM’s home for more than 78 years.
VT Takeover Will Boost Babcock’s Profile
Hawker Beechcraft’s first AT-6 PRTV (production-representative test vehicle) has taken time out from its busy test schedule to make its international debut here at Farnborough. It arrives having completed an impressive demonstration of its light attack and armed reconnaissance capabilities during a two-week U.S. joint forces exercise.
Aviation & Applied Ecology in Moscow has just taken delivery of a Hawker Beechcraft King Air 350 with provision for dual digital-mapping cameras for photo- survey missions. It is also capable of being rapidly converted to VIP transport configuration. This aircraft is the first King Air to be exported to Russia, the type having received its local certification last December.
Hawker Beechcraft Services (HBS) has expanded its aircraft maintenance facility at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa, Ariz. The recently completed $14 million project added a second 26,000-sq-ft hangar which includes 22,000 sq ft of back shops, administrative offices and a customer lobby. The enhanced customer space offers guest offices for customers to use while their aircraft are being serviced.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air B200, Punta Chivato, Mexico, Nov. 8, 2008–N200JL was destroyed and the sole pilot/occupant was killed when it crashed shortly after takeoff from Punta Chivato Airstrip. According to witnesses, the King Air barely cleared a small hill and appeared to lose airspeed and slow its climb. The turboprop twin then stalled, crashed and burned.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air A90, De Kalb, Ill., March 2, 2010–Owned by Eagle Air Transport, the King Air sustained substantial damage after its left main gear collapsed during landing rollout at De Kalb Taylor Municipal Airport at the conclusion of a Part 91 flight. Weather was VMC at the time of the accident. The pilot and a company mechanic on board were uninjured.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air B200, Sioux City, Iowa, Jan. 19, 2010–While operating under Part 91 on an IFR flight plan, the turboprop twin was substantially damaged in a hard landing at Sioux Gateway Airport/Col. Bud Day Field. The flight had originated at Des Moines International Airport less than an hour before, and IMC prevailed at the time of the accident. The two pilots and two passengers were uninjured.