Hawker Beechcraft Beech 1900C, Rumbek, Sudan, May 2, 2008–Twenty people were killed when the chartered Flex Air Cargo Unlimited Beech 1900 lost power in both engines and crashed near Rumbek. The flight departed Wau in Southern Sudan, en route to Juba, also in southern Sudan, with a planned stop at Rumbek. An NTSB technical advisor is assisting the Government of Southern Sudan in the investigation.
Hawker Beechcraft Beech 1900, Billings, Mont., May 23, 2008–The ATP-rated pilot of the Alpine Air Express Beech 1900 was killed when it crashed and exploded three miles northeast of Logan International Airport, two minutes after takeoff. The pilot was told to turn left to intercept Victor 187, but radar data showed the airplane started to turn right slowly.
PremiAir is searching for qualified fixed-wing maintenance personnel for its new base at Oxford Airport, UK. The UK’s largest executive helicopter charter and management company announced it is moving its fixed-wing maintenance activity from Blackbushe Airport in Surrey to a dedicated maintenance base at Oxford.
Mesa, Ariz., will be the site of a new Hawker Beechcraft Services aircraft
maintenance and service facility.
One week after gaining full FAA type approval and production certification for the Hawker 4000, Hawker Beechcraft delivered the first copy of the super-midsize jet to customers Gary and Donna Hall during a ceremony on June 18 at the company’s headquarters in Wichita. Gary Hall currently operates a Hawker 800XP. The 4000 is the fourth Hawker Beechcraft airplane that he has owned and the first of two Hawker 4000s he ordered.
Williams International today will formally unveil its latest and most powerful turbofan, the 3,000-lb-thrust FJ44-3, a pair of which will power Cessna’s new CJ3. Williams has flown a development version of the new turbofan, on a CJ2 testbed.
Hawker Beechcraft delivered the first super-midsize Hawker 4000 to launch customers Gary and Donna Hall during a ceremony yesterday at the company’s headquarters in Wichita. The event marked the end of a long and arduous path for the aircraft manufacturer, which launched the Hawker Horizon, since renamed the Hawker 4000, program at the NBAA Convention in 1996 and originally expected certification and first deliveries in spring 2001.
Israel has requested the possible sale of 25 Hawker Beechcraft T-6A Texan II basic pilot training aircraft. The Israeli Air Force is the last user of the French Fouga Magister basic jet trainer, which dates from the early 1960s. These aircraft have high fuel and maintenance costs and poor serviceability. If Israel takes all the requested options, the order could cost $190 million.
Hawker Beechcraft this week received full FAA type approval, in addition to production certification, for its Hawker 4000 super-midsize business jet–a milestone it expected more than seven years ago when the jet was launched in 1996. A spokesman told AIN that shipments will begin “very soon,” and a formal delivery event for the undisclosed launch customer is now being planned.
As of press time, Raytheon Aircraft (RAC) chose not to comment on the effect on its Travel Air fractional-ownership program from the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks. A company spokesman did say that RAC had decided not to participate in the rescheduled NBAA Convention to be held in New Orleans on December 12, 13 and 14.