Hawker Beechcraft King Air 200, Leonardtown, Md., Oct. 12, 2006–The NTSB said the King Air’s gear collapse on landing was caused by the airplane manufacturer’s inadequate landing-gear downlock plate maintenance orientation information, and the resulting disengagement of the main landing gear.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air C90A, Emporia, Kan., Sept. 22, 2007–Following a severe high-frequency vibration in flight and an emergency landing, the King Air pilot found the right elevator trim tab push rod was broken. The NTSB blamed the incident on the improper installation of the trim tab attachment hardware by maintenance personnel, which resulted in excessive wear, fatigue and failure of the push-pull tube.
Hawker Beechcraft Beech 1900C, Lihue, Hawaii, Jan. 14, 2008–The Alpine Air cargo flight was destroyed when it crashed into the ocean in night VMC under unknown circumstances. The sole-occupant ATP-rated pilot was killed.
Hawker Beechcraft 1900D, Page, Ariz., March 26, 2008–A cargo door opened just after takeoff at Page Municipal Airport and the Great Lakes Airlines 1900 returned to land, with no injuries and only minor damage to the airplane.
Hawker Beechcraft has selected India-based Arrow Aviation Services as an authorized parts distributor for Rapid Aircraft Parts Inventory and Distribution (Rapid).
Australia’s Hawker Pacific has begun modifications to a Hornbill Skyways Beechcraft King Air B200GT at its Bankstown Airport facility on the outskirts of Sydney. The aircraft is the first B200GT to be delivered to a customer in the Asia Pacific region.
Hawker Beechcraft reported continued strong sales in the first quarter, though costs associated with Hawker 4000 certification and delivery delays resulted in the Wichita aircraft manufacturer posting a $1.5 million loss for the period. The company reported net bookings of $1.1 billion during the three-month span, resulting in a record backlog of $6.8 billion.
BEECH 1900D, ROCHESTER, N.Y., JUNE 3, 2000–The Safety Board determined probable cause for a gear-up landing by a CommutAir Beech 1900D during a regularly scheduled flight. According to the NTSB, “The reversal of landing gear hydraulic lines by company maintenance personnel [caused the failure].
The Premier I and Hawker Horizon programs were already far behind schedule when Hansel Tookes, 53, became chairman and CEO of Raytheon Aircraft in August 2000. These programs were plagued by further delays under Tookes’ command, although the Premier I finally received certification on March 23 last year.
Hawker Beechcraft launched the Premier II update to the single-pilot Premier I on May 19 on the eve of the EBACE show in Geneva. The Premier II climbs to altitude more quickly, flies farther and carries a greater load than the airplane it replaces.