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.
Kenn Ricci, founder and former CEO of Flight Options, has once more reemerged at a new aviation venture. This time he’s landed at Nextant Aerospace, which recently announced a re-engining and avionics retrofit program for Beechjets and Hawker 400XPs. AIN spoke with Ricci to find out about Nextant’s 400NXT program, as well as parent company Directional Aviation, which he also leads.
Richmond Heights, Ohio-based Nextant Aerospace announced last month its 400NXT Beechjet retrofit and modernization program and Pro Line 21 cockpit upgrade for Beechjets and Hawker 400XPs.
BEECHJET 400, CLEVELAND, OHIO, MAY 8, 2002–Birds substantially damaged a Beechjet 400 operated by Georgia Jet while departing from the Burke Lakefront Airport (BKL). The ATP-certified pilots taxied out to depart Runway 6L. While taxiing, they saw a flock of birds sitting on the approach end of the runway. ATC cleared the Beechjet for takeoff and the crew taxied into position.
Raytheon Aircraft is introducing a new aircraft service plan that the company “promises will eliminate aircraft operators’ maintenance hassles.” Called Support Plus (Support +), the plan provides owners of Raytheon aircraft with selectable options covering all maintenance issues.