Beechcraft is nearing the sale of its Hawker 4000 and Premier I/IA assets, a step agreed to earlier this year as part of the Wichita OEM’s emergence from bankruptcy. The sale includes items such as type certificates, parts and tooling, as well as the composite manufacturing facility in Wichita known as Plant III. A Beechcraft spokeswoman said potential buyers are currently performing due diligence, and CEO Bill Boisture told AIN that he is “confident” the deal will happen by year-end.
Nextant Aerospace launched its sales effort in Russia in June by appointing FortAero Baltic Business Aviation Alliance as its exclusive sales agent in Russia and the CIS. At the same time, FortAero placed an order for two Nextant 400XTis. The first aircraft will be delivered in November and the second in January 2014.
Constant Aviation’s damaged-aircraft repair team (Dart) completed the MRO’s first tail replacement on an Embraer EMB-145 and documented the project in a video.
Garmin launched a G5000 avionics modernization program for the Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP, targeted for FAA STC approval in 2015, that will be available at certain Garmin dealers. The company estimates that the glass cockpit retrofit for the light twinjet will cost between $450,000 and $500,000 installed. In addition to modernizing the flight deck, the new avionics package is lighter and thus raises the jet’s useful load by 200 pounds.
Orlando, Florida-based SimCom (Stand 3014) now has approval from Brazil’s ANAC aviation authority for simulator pilot training in eight business aircraft types popular in the country. This covers the Cessna Citation II/SII/Bravo/Ultra, CitationJet 525/CJ1/CJ2/CJ3, Hawker 400/700/800/800XP, Learjet 20-series/30-series/55, Beechjet 400/400XP (and Beechjet predecessor MU-2), Westwind I/II and Eclipse 500. It also has ANAC approval for its Beechcraft King Air 90/100/200 training course at its Dallas-Fort Worth location.
Nextant Aerospace is showing its 400XTi small-cabin, light business jet at LABACE 2013, making it the model’s Latin American debut and following up a visit last year by the company’s 400XT. Brazil is seen as a major opportunity for the remanufactured version of the Beechjet 400A/XP, which Nextant believes is a perfect fit for many requirements in the region.
Nextant Aerospace recently introduced the 400XTi model as the latest evolution of the remanufactured light business jet. Compared to the 400XT, the new version (the “i” stands for innovation) introduces a number of improvements, including an all-new cabin that offers more space and reducednoise.
Constant Aviation has increased its inventory of both rotables and piece parts to more than $30 million in the past year. It contains 90 percent of the top rotables for the Beechjet, 80 percent for the Hawker 800A/XP and 70 percent for the Citation X.
Aviation Fabricators (AvFab) received EASA STC approval for its Beechcraft 400A three-place divan. The STC allows for installation of the two-place and three-place divans in all Beechjets and Hawker Beechcraft 400s and 400As. Both are available with the option of close-out panels and come with integral shoulder harnesses mounted to the divan frame. There is no airframe modification necessary. Installation requires removing the existing seats/furnishings, placing the divan into the desired location and locking it into the seat tracks.
Nextant Aerospace has tapped Jet Aviation Geneva as an authorized service center in Europe for the company’s 400XTi, which is a remanufactured Beechjet 400A. Under the new agreement, Jet Aviation Geneva will provide maintenance services for Nextant’s aircraft across the continent. The companies also recently signed a similar agreement adding Jet Aviation Singapore to Nextant’s network of authorized service centers. The 400XTi received EASA certification last month.