Faced with an FAA mandate to modify all of the Hawker 4000s delivered thus far with fuel system upgrades that meet the latest certification standards, Hawker Beechcraft is combining that work with an extensive upgrade and enhancement program.
In the wake of mounting losses, Hawker Beechcraft chairman and CEO Bill Boisture announced on Friday that the Wichita OEM will “temporarily suspend production of the Hawker 400XP to realign supply with demand.” According to an SEC filing, the company expects to cease production and sales of the light jet for two years, with plans to resume production in early 2013.
During its third-quarter earnings conference call last Friday, Hawker Beechcraft had not much good news and more than a little bad news, including the announcement that it will suspend production of its Hawker 400XP for two years.
Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) announced the rebranding of its Premier light jet as the Hawker 200 and introduced the King Air 250, a replacement for the King Air 200GT, at the NBAA Convention. The company also announced an upgrade program for the Hawker 400XP that will include new engines.
The Premier/Hawker 200 re-branding is one result of customer surveys and usage analysis Wichita-based HBC recently conducted.
At the NBAA Convention last month, CAE inked a $15 million, five-year contract renewal with Flight Options for pilot training on six fleet aircraft types, including the Beechjet 400A, Cessna Citation X, Hawker 800XP/XPi and Embraer Legacy and Phenom 300. The training for Flight Options pilots will be conducted at CAE SimuFlite in Dallas and the CAE Northeast Training Center in Morristown, N.J.
The flight-test program is continuing apace for Nextant Aerospace’s Beechjet 400 conversion as it moves closer to certification. The Cleveland-based company paused the testing last month on its first Williams International FJ44-3AP powered 400XT to fly it nonstop from Mojave, Calif., to Atlanta, for an appearance in the static display at the NBAA Convention.
Constant Aviation, a division of Nextant Aerospace based at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, last month delivered its first Pro Line 21-upgraded Beechjet 400XP. The baseline price for the installed upgrade is $390,000, according to the company. Additional options include a fourth display, integrated flight information system with electronic charts, XM graphical weather and a Waas/LPV-capable FMS.
Fractional share provider Flight Options has signed a $15-million deal with CAE (Booth No. 6903) to provide pilot training in six aircraft types: Beechjet 400A, Cessna Citation X, Hawker Beechcraft 800XP and 800XPi and the Embraer Legacy and Phenom 300. In celebration, CAE president and CEO Mark Parent (left) presents a model of the CAE 5000 Series full-flight simulator to Michael Silvestro, CEO of Flight Options.
Elliott Aviation of Moline, Ill., is celebrating its 75th anniversary at NBAA by increasing its capability, passing on “significant” savings to customers and giving visitors to its booth (No. 7127) an opportunity to enter a contest for a chance to win $75,000.
Nextant Aerospace announced that it has received a $150 million order from Flight Options for 40 of Nextant's 400XT remanufactured Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XPs. Deliveries of the modified jet, which feature engines replaced with Williams International FJ44-3APs and Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics, will begin in 2011. Nextant (Booth No.