Hawker Beechcraft Beech 99, Moline, Ill. Feb. 18, 2008–The Suburban Air Freight cargo airplane had an in-flight fire in the wiring behind the instrument panel, causing minor damage. The pilot, who was not injured, put out the blaze with a fire extinguisher.
Hawker Beechcraft 1900D, Nbagu, Nigeria, March 15, 2008–All three occupants were killed and the aircraft destroyed when the Wings Aviation 1900 crashed in Nbagu village. The ferry flight was en route from Lagos to Obudu.
InterGlobe General Aviation, a subsidiary of InterGlobe Enterprises, is opening a Hawker Beechcraft authorized service center at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, India. It is the first authorized service center for Hawkers in India.
Deliveries of the Hawker 4000 have not yet begun, despite Hawker Beechcraft saying for more than a month that it would “soon” start shipments of the super-midsize business jet, now in its 12th year of gestation. The FAA currently lists 30 Hawker 4000s–two more than last month–in the U.S. aircraft registry database, all of which are registered to the manufacturer.
Hawker Beechcraft has donated $50,000 to the Corporate Angel Network (CAN), the White Plains, N.Y.-based organization that arranges free flights aboard business aircraft for cancer patients. To date, the Wichita-based company has donated more than $200,000. Jim Schuster, CEO of Hawker Beechcraft and a member of the CAN board of directors, said his company will continue to help CAN deliver transport to cancer patients in need.
Deliveries of the Hawker 4000 were still stalled at press time, despite Hawker Beechcraft’s saying for more than a month that it would “soon” begin shipments of the super-midsize business jet. The FAA lists 30 Hawker 4000s in the U.S. aircraft registry database, all of which are registered to the manufacturer.
Raytheon Aircraft Co. has signed an agreement with Central Flying Service at Little Rock (Ark.) Airport (LIT) to lease a 19,000-sq-ft hangar and office to “primarily service and maintain the Beech 1900.” Raytheon will contract for a number of special services from Central and the facility is expected to employ about 30 aircraft specialists in a 24/7 operation.
Raytheon Aircraft is working on an in-house sound-reduction package that aims to lower the noise levels by about 5 db in the Premier I cabin. The interior package will start being installed on the production line in the fall and be retrofittable at no charge to customers, the company said.
Hawker Beechcraft last week celebrated its first anniversary as a private entity, and the company reports it’s doing very well all on its own. On March 26, 2007, GS Capital Partners, an affiliate of Goldman Sachs and Onex Partners, acquired the former Raytheon Aircraft.
Hawker Beechcraft Beech 99, Billings, Mont., May 19, 2007–The NTSB determined the probable cause of this landing accident to be the failure of the nosegear actuator and the nosegear collapse.
At 4 a.m., the Alpine Aviation aircraft was substantially damaged in night VMC when the gear collapsed during the landing roll. The ATP-rated pilot, the sole occupant, was not injured.