FlightSafety International disclosed the initial selection of simulators to be installed next year at the company’s new training center in Farnborough, England, now under construction. The facility, scheduled to open early next year, will initially provide pilot training for the King Air 200, Citation CJ2, Citation Bravo, Gulfstream IV and Hawker 800XP.
The NTSB last month issued a probable cause for the crash of
a Colgan Air Beech 1900 that killed two pilots during a ferry
Hawker Beechcraft King Air E90B, Ruidoso, N.M., Aug. 5, 2007–The Southwest MedEvac King Air was destroyed when it crashed while maneuvering four miles southeast of the Sierra Blanca Regional Airport in Ruidoso. All five people on board–the ATP-rated pilot, the flight nurse, the flight medic, the patient and the patient’s mother–were killed. The airplane was en route to Albuquerque in VMC with the patient, a 15-month-old.
Hawker Beechcraft has awarded Emteq of New Berlin, Wis., an initial contract to install its FAA-certified Elements seat heaters as an option aboard Hawker Beechcraft King Airs. The seat-heater design features lumbar and seat heat that can be individually controlled by the passenger. A flexible seat coil allows the internal heating system to
adjust as the seat is adjusted.
Iridium Satellite of Bethesda, Md., has added four North American air-ambulance operators to its subscriber rolls.
Air Methods has decided to install Sky Connect Tracker systems for Iridium-based automatic flight following as well as cockpit voice and data communications in its aircraft.
Hawker Beechcraft recognized many of its suppliers during its annual suppliers’ conference. The company gave awards in categories such as performance excellence, small business partner, innovative excellence, performance promise champion and supplier of the year.
Hawker Beechcraft (Booth No. 6159) has announced AirCell’s Axxess II satcom system is now a factory option on new 900XP midsize and 750 light-midsize jets. The option was developed through an STC awarded to the Hawker Beechcraft Little Rock, Ark. alteration station. The system will be provisioned for equipment operating on AirCell’s exclusive broadband frequency, available next year, or the Inmarsat SwiftBroadband service.
Formerly a subsidiary of Raytheon Company, Raytheon Aircraft was bought earlier this year by Onex and GS Capital Partners and promptly renamed Hawker Beechcraft (Booth No. 6159). And at its first NBAA show under a “new” brand, president of commercial sales Brad Hatt described a corporate culture in which “we’re going to design, build and service the very best products in the business.”
Safe Flight Instrument Corp.’s (Booth No. 2239) AutoPower autothrottle system will be available to Hawker 800 series aircraft within a year, the company announced yesterday. Safe Flight and West Star Aviation will be unveiling the product and taking orders tomorrow afternoon between 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Safe Flight exhibit.
The U.S. Air Force’s T-6 program office has suspended deliveries of the Hawker Beechcraft T-6A Texan II single-engine turboprop trainer “pending investigation of contract delivery issues,” according to a spokesman at the Air Force Air Education & Training Command (AETC). The AETC currently operates 320 T-6As for Air Force specialized undergraduate pilot training, and the U.S.