An FAA review of maintenance procedures following the August 26 crash of a Colgan Air Beech 1900D near Hyannis, Mass., has found that Raytheon service manuals incorrectly depict the installation of a key part of the airplane’s elevator trim system.
The FAA awarded certification to the King Air C90GTi on January 28, and Hawker Beechcraft has begun deliveries, so it’s time to remove the turboprop twin from the In The Works list. Replacing the C90GT, the GTi adds Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line 21 avionics suite, making the airplane the smallest player in the Hawker Beechcraft turbine lineup consistent with the Pro Line 21-equipped King Air B200GT and 350, Premier IA and Hawker 750 and 900XP.
FR Aviation has joined the Hawker Beechcraft authorized service center network. Based at Bournemouth International Airport, FR Aviation’s main facility has extensive maintenance and engineering capabilities.
Following the introduction of its “CRJ ExecLiner” program converting CRJ200 airliners to executive configuration, and selection as the primary completion facility for the Aerospace Concepts “Project Phoenix,” Canadian completion and refurbishment center Flying Colours has set its sights on becoming “the number-one choice in the CRJ conversion market.” The Peterborough, Ontario company claims firm orders for 12 ExecLiners, expects to deliver th
Hawker Beechcraft Beechjet 400A, Norfolk, Va., June 14, 2006–The NTSB said the probable cause of the dual engine flameout was the accretion of high-altitude ice crystals on the compressor vanes and their ingestion into the engine high-pressure compressor when the pilots pulled back the power levers. This caused compressor surges and the flameouts of both engines.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air C90B, Kiev, Ukraine, Dec. 9, 2007–The German-registered King Air crashed on approach to Zhulyany Airport, killing the two crewmembers and three passengers. The flight had originated in Prague, Czech Republic. The Ukraine State Aviation Administration Ministry of Transport and Communications is investigating the accident.
London Biggin Hill Airport-based charter firm PlaneChartering, owner of the loss-making Club328 brand, disbanded its Fairchild Dornier 328Jet and Hawker Beechcraft Premier Is and laid off 14 of its pilots last month. Meanwhile, PlaneChartering group CEO Paul Crowther is taking over from Club328’s CEO, Elaine Young, who left the company. PlaneChartering acquired Southampton, UK-based Club328 from Corporate Jet Services in October.
The FAA on January 28 certified the Hawker Beechcraft King Air C90GTi, the latest version of the twin turboprop still popular 44 years after its introduction. The manufacturer also received certification from Brazilian airworthiness authorities and is awaiting certification from Europe, Mexico, Canada, Venezuela and Guatemala.
Hawker Beechcraft announced on Friday that it is selling its wholly owned fuel and line operations to Signature parent BBA Aviation for $128.5 million. The deal includes FBOs at seven domestic locations in Atlanta; Houston and San Antonio; Indianapolis; Tampa, Fla.; Van Nuys, Calif.; and Wichita, Kan. Hawker Beech will however retain its factory-owned maintenance and customer support facilities at these locations.
Air ambulance operator Guardian Flight has purchased its first helicopter, a Soloy-modified Eurocopter AS 350BA, on display here at the Soloy Aviation Solutions booth (No. 713). The Soloy SD1 modification replaces the AS 350’s original Turbomeca Arriel engine with a Honeywell LTS101-600A-3A. Guardian Flight is headquartered in Fairbanks, Alaska, with satellite bases in Ketchikan, Dutch Harbor and Sitka.