West Star Aviation has appointed Robert Lawson as Hawker technical and sales support representative at its Grand Junction, Colo. location. Before joining West Star, Lawson worked for Hawker and Beechcraft for 25 years in various roles on the Hawker line. He spent his last 15 years with Hawker as a field service representative. In his new role he will work directly with the sales and technical teams to provide support to current and potential West Star customers.
Textron Aviation (Booth 6113), here for the first time since it integrated Cessna, Beechcraft and Hawker, has a number of programs in development or just certified. The transition to a unified company is taking place in customer support, too, with maintenance technicians undergoing cross-training on all of each brand’s models. However, while Hawker jets continue to be supported, the company has no plan to produce any more aircraft under the brand, Textron Aviation president and CEO Scott Ernest said during a press conference on Tuesday.
Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre received Civil Aviation Administration of China and FAA approval for maintenance of Hawker 800-series business jets, the company announced today at ABACE 2014. It also has been designated an authorized service facility for Cessna Citations by the newly formed Textron Aviation, which also owns Hawker and Beechcraft.
Every year since the start of the great economic downturn of 2008, the business aviation industry has watched business jet deliveries dwindle and searched for signs that the market might have finally hit bottom. The downward slide was finally arrested last year, according to year-end numbers released last month by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. For the first time since 2008, worldwide deliveries of business jets were higher than the previous year, with manufacturers handing over 678 jets last year, six aircraft (1 percent) more than in 2012.
Bombardier’s Learjet 85 program is moving toward first flight (if it hasn’t already happened after this issue went to press), but the company’s plans to achieve certification and begin customer deliveries this year appear to be unachievable.
In one of the biggest consolidations in the business aviation industry since Bombardier Aerospace combined Canadair, Learjet, de Havilland and Short Brothers in the late 1980s/early 1990s, Cessna Aircraft parent Textron announced on December 26 that it will acquire Beech Holdings LLC, the parent of Beechcraft Corp., for approximately $1.4 billion in cash. The deal is expected to close by the middle of this year.
Beechcraft announced that Textron has agreed to acquire Beech Holdings, the parent of Beechcraft Corp., for approximately $1.4 billion in cash. Under the terms of the transaction, Textron will acquire the Hawker 4000 and Premier IA type certificates.
Textron and Beechcraft Corp. announced late yesterday that Textron has agreed to acquire Beech Holdings, LLC, the parent of Beechcraft Corp., for approximately $1.4 billion in cash. This confirms rumors swirling over the past few months.
RBR Maintenance has been in operation at Dallas Love Field since 1991, when founder Joe Burch leased space at the airport and offered maintenance on Gulfstreams and Hawkers. In the last 20-odd years the business has grown significantly from the original one-man shop and added aircraft to its capabilities.
Burch started out as a car mechanic and in the late 1970s took up flying as a hobby, got his pilot certificate and bought an airplane. Over the next several years he worked up to a multi-engine airline transport pilot certificate and started adding turbine ratings.
When the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released its third-quarter delivery totals on Halloween, it was preparing the industry for some trick or treating.
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