SimuFlite, which was recently rebranded as GE Capital SimuFlite to emphasize that it is a subsidiary of General Electric, has begun its third major expansion of its Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) training center in just six years. The company recently broke ground on a 70,000-sq-ft north wing that will house six simulator bays, additional classrooms and office space.
As of press time, Raytheon Aircraft (RAC) chose not to comment on the effect on its Travel Air fractional-ownership program from the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks. A company spokesman did say that RAC had decided not to participate in the rescheduled NBAA Convention to be held in New Orleans on December 12, 13 and 14.
West Star Aviation is increasing capacity at its Dallas Love Field facility to keep
up with demand for Citation, Hawker, Beechjet, King Air, Falcon and Learjet maintenance and avionics service and installation. The company has expanded
Hawker Beechcraft launched the Premier II update to the single-pilot Premier I on May 19 on the eve of the EBACE show in Geneva. The Premier II climbs to altitude more quickly, flies farther and carries a greater load than the airplane it replaces.
Beechjet 400/400A pilot training is now available on a new simulator at SimuFlite’s Dallas headquarters. The simulator features Collins Pro Line 4 avionics. SimuFlite plans to add King Air 350 simulator training next month and Hawker 800XP simulator training in the summer.
Hawker Beechcraft has apparently overcome quality-control problems in the manufacture of the T-6A Texan II turboprop trainer. The U.S. Air Force recently awarded the company two follow-on contracts worth $550 million for an additional 137 aircraft.
Hawker Beechcraft announced the long-awaited upgrade of the Premier light jet yesterday evening, highlighting improvements in range, time to climb, maximum altitude, payload and top speed. The company will continue producing the Premier IA after the Premier II is certified in the first quarter of 2010 and begins deliveries in the second quarter.
Raytheon Aircraft reported sales of $768 million in the second quarter of this year, compared with $810 million for the second quarter last year. Operating income also fell, from $35 million in last year’s second quarter to $27 million in the second quarter of this year. Deliveries of King Airs and corporate jets through the second quarter of this year dropped more than 20 percent: from 149 airplanes last year to 118 this year.
Raytheon Aircraft reported an operating loss of $41 million in the first quarter, compared with a loss of $4 million in the first quarter a year ago. The Wichita-based company also recorded sales of $494 million in the first quarter, down 22 percent from $637 million in the same period a year ago.
When the going gets tough, marketing departments heat up their branding irons. Or so it seemed at the 55th NBAA Annual Meeting and Convention in Orlando, Fla., last month. No fewer than three major business aircraft manufacturers announced new or reinvigorated brands for at least one of their offerings (see full stories elsewhere in this issue). The moves were as much a reaction to the wishy-washy U.S.