The King Air 350i, announced at last year’s NBAA Convention, is due to receive FAA certification shortly.
Hawker Beechcraft 400A, Sugar Land, Texas, July 31, 2009–While on takeoff roll from Sugar Land Municipal Airport and approaching 95 knots, the pilots saw one large and two smaller birds flying across their path and were unable to react before at least one struck the airplane. The number-two engine immediately rolled back, and the pilots aborted the takeoff.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air 200, Henderson, Nev., March 22, 2009–The twin turboprop, operated by Southern Nevada Jet Charter, collided with a tree while taxiing after a dusk landing at Henderson Executive Airport.
StandardAero has received supplemental type certification (STC) to remove Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-41 or -42 series engines on the Beechcraft King Air 200/200C/B200/B200C and replace them with PT6A-52 engines and four-blade Hartzell propellers. It is the same engine and propeller combination that is type certified on the new Beechcraft King Air B200GT.
A newly expanded Hawker Beechcraft factory-owned aircraft maintenance and service facility has opened on Indianapolis International Airport. The FAA-certified center specializes in Hawker and Beechcraft products, including the composite-fuselage Premier and Hawker 4000.
Forecast International estimates that nearly $1.7 billion will be spent on upgrades for fixed-wing aircraft weighing less than 70,000 pounds during the 2009-2018 period. The report of a study conducted by the company, titled “The Market for Light Aircraft Retrofit and Modernization,” noted that a spike in the avionics business as a result of FAA mandates has cooled somewhat but engine upgrades are on the upswing.
PPG Industries’ aerospace transparencies business and Gentex will be providing electrochromic window systems to Hawker Beechcraft as standard equipment for the manufacturer’s 2010 King Air 350i cabin windows. The PPG-Gentex system–dubbed Alteos–replaces the mechanical shade system, allowing passengers to control the visible-light transmittance of a dimmable panel between the inboard dust cover and outboard, structural cabin window.
There are still white tails sitting on the ramps, but the numbers are dwindling. The inventory of used aircraft for sale remains staggering, but it too is shrinking. The skies aren’t filled with business jets, but as of July–the last month for the which data is available–the number of takeoffs and landings was rising.
The three-day Asian Aerospace show kicked off today at AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong, with the major business aircraft manufacturers attending in the hopes of tapping into what is expected to be an emerging market for business jets.
Hawker Beechcraft yesterday announced that while it is making progress with the Premier II program, market conditions have prompted the company to delay entry into service of the derivative twinjet until late 2012 or early 2013.