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 put out the blaze with a fire extinguisher and was not injured.
Signature Flight Support owner BBA Aviation announced that it is buying seven FBOs from Hawker Beechcraft, including a facility at busy and highly competitive Van Nuys Airport. The deal is valued at $128.5 million. BBA is buying HBC’s line and fuel operations in Atlanta; Houston and San Antonio; Indianapolis; Tampa, Fla.; Van Nuys, Calif.; and Wichita, but HBC is retaining its maintenance operations at those facilities.
London-based Allaero has been appointed an authorized parts distributor for Rapid Aircraft Parts Inventory and Distribution (Rapid), Hawker Beechcraft’s factory-direct source for aircraft parts. Allaero will distribute parts for the Hawker 125 series and 400XP from its new 10,500-sq-ft facility situated to serve London Heathrow and Gatwick airports.
The Hawker 750 is now entering service, following FAA certification in February, and thus drops off the In The Works list. The 750 is Hawker Beechcraft’s second recent derivative of the Hawker series; the first was the 900XP, certified last August. The 750 adds a 32-cu-ft heated external baggage compartment by removing the fuselage fuel tank, but still offers NBAA IFR range of 2,116 nm with the standard eight-passenger Hawker cabin.
Hawker Beechcraft plans to invest $14 million in its aircraft maintenance and service facility at Indianapolis International Airport, the company said. Additional facilities will include a 6,500-sq-ft terminal, a 40,000-sq-ft service hangar and 20,000 sq ft of back shops and administrative offices.
There are now 23 Hawker 4000s in the completion pipeline as Hawker Beechcraft continues function and reliability testing, the last phase before the FAA issues final type approval.
There are now 23 Hawker 4000s in the completion pipeline as Hawker Beechcraft continues function and reliability testing, the last phase before the FAA will allow deliveries to proceed.
The company at the center of a continuing probe into the January crash of an Air Midwest Beech 1900 in Charlotte, N.C., will stop performing maintenance for the regional airline on November 16.
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.