It’s fitting that the first museum to which Raytheon Aircraft is donating a Beech Starship–the Kansas Aviation Museum–is located in Wichita, the city where the composite twin-turboprop pusher was conceived, designed and built. In June Raytheon Aircraft disclosed to AIN (July, page 1) that it planned to destroy all 50 Starships produced because continued support is cost prohibitive.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air B200, Travis AFB, Calif., May 16, 2008–The accident was caused by the pilot’s inadvertently raising the King Air’s landing gear on landing, according to the NTSB. The pilot explained that the J-hook that locks in place over
the landing-gear handle was engaging and disengaging and he mistakenly raised the landing gear instead of the flaps.
Hawker Beechcraft Beechjet 400, Jacksonville, Fla., Nov. 28, 2005–Both engines of the Flight Options Beechjet flamed out because high-altitude ice crystals that had accumulated on the P&WC JT15D-5 engines’ compressor vanes were ingested when the pilots pulled back the power levers to descend, according to the NTSB.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air 200, Taylor, Texas, April 11, 2008–A mechanic was killed when he tried to enter the Alaro King Air with the engines running. Flight testing a new vertical speed indicator installation, the pilot heard a loud, high-pitched “screaming” sound. Returning to the airport, the pilot reported the sound to the mechanic, who wanted to board to troubleshoot the problem.
Hawker Beechcraft Beech 99, Bowling Green, Mo., June 22, 2008–A parachutist jumping from the Skydive Factory Beech 99 hit the airplane’s horizontal stabilizer and was killed. The skydiver who jumped just before the accident realized the airplane was going too fast and maneuvered away from the aircraft’s tail section.
For Signature Flight Support to proceed with its planned acquisition of seven Hawker Beechcraft FBOs, the Department of Justice (DOJ) will require that Signature “divest assets used to provide flight support services at the Indianapolis International Airport.” Without the divestiture, the DOJ said, “the transaction, as originally proposed, would have combined the only two providers of flight support services to general aviation customers at In
When a noticeably tail-heavy Air Midwest Beech 1900D lifted off from Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, N.C., on the morning of January 8, the twin turboprop was carrying the heaviest payload of its seven previous flights since emerging from a D-6 maintenance check two nights before.
Hawker Beechcraft late last week completed the sale of the majority of its wholly owned fuel and line operations to Signature Flight Support parent company BBA Aviation. The transaction included operations in Atlanta; Houston and San Antonio, Texas; Indianapolis; Tampa, Fla.; Wichita; and Van Nuys, Calif.
Hawker Beechcraft late last month completed the sale of the majority of its wholly owned fuel and line operations to Signature Flight Support parent company BBA Aviation. The transaction included operations in Atlanta; Houston and San Antonio, Texas; Indianapolis; Tampa, Fla.; Wichita; and Van Nuys, Calif. Hawker Beechcraft will retain its factory-owned maintenance and customer support facilities located at these locations.
The Beech Starship fleet is being destroyed at the behest of manufacturer Raytheon, which owns 40 of the 50 production airplanes built between 1988 and 1995.