When asked about the Hawker 450 at the Hawker Beechcraft Corp. (HBC) press conference yesterday, chairman and CEO Bill Boisture said, “We are going to introduce another version of that fine, light jet.” He declined to reveal any additional information. He also said there will be a follow-up Hawker 400 timed “to meet the economic updraft, and that’s all I’m going to say about it.”
Although Hawker Beechcraft has released information recently about the Premier II and a delay in its planned certification and entry-into-service dates, the company has been notably silent about the Hawker 450XP.
Bill Boisture joined Hawker Beechcraft as chairman and CEO on March 23. An experienced and current commercial/instrument pilot, Boisture flew fighters in the U.S. Air Force and graduated from the Air Force and Navy (Topgun) Fighter Weapons Schools, achieving the rank of major. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Air Force Academy and a master’s in business administration from the University of New Haven.
Hawker Beechcraft 400A, Sugar Land, Texas, July 31, 2009–While on takeoff roll from Sugar Land Municipal Airport and approaching 95 knots, the pilots saw one large and two smaller birds flying across their path and were unable to react before at least one struck the airplane. The number-two engine immediately rolled back, and the pilots aborted the takeoff.
The General Dynamics Aviation Services (GDAS) facility at Barnes Municipal Airport in Westfield, Mass., recently had its Hawker Beechcraft authorized service center (ASC) designation renewed. In 2006 it became the first facility so designated and remains the only such facility in the northeast United States. The current designation expires in 2012.
Richmond Heights, Ohio-based Nextant Aerospace announced today that it has completed the initial certification flight for the Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP Rockwell Collins Pro Line 4 to Pro Line 21 flight deck upgrade. The company said it is on schedule for FAA STC approval for the Pro Line 21 upgrade in October, with installations and deliveries to follow immediately.
Aircraft manufacturers last year were struggling to build their service networks and capabilities to help a growing number of operators worldwide keep their aircraft flying safely and efficiently. Order backlogs were at record highs and manufacturing and product support resources were stretching thin.
Five people aligned with Plane Stupid, an activist group opposed to airport expansion in Europe, cut through the chain-link perimeter fence at London City Airport on June 10 at 2:30 a.m. and chained themselves to the nosewheel of a Beechjet 400A parked at the Jet Centre FBO. “Airport security was immediately alerted by alarm when the fence was cut and called the police,” said Jet Centre spokeswoman Rupa Haria.
PPG Aerospace is developing transparencies for aircraft cockpit and cabin windows that help keep the interior cooler by reducing heat from the sun. The clear solar-reflective window coatings cut solar transmittance in half, said PPG Aerospace global director Anthony Stone. Aircraft like the Boeing 787 and Hawker 4000 that are built using composites don’t dissipate solar heat as well as aluminum airplanes, Stone noted.
Hawker Beechcraft has developed a maintenance training program, in partnership with FlightSafety International, for its product lines. The new MxPro program incorporates both academic and hands-on training. It immerses technicians in a learning environment specifically designed to replicate real-life service issues and events.