In a continuing realignment of its Beechcraft and Hawker product lines, Raytheon Aircraft announced at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition last month in Geneva that it is dropping the venerable Beechjet 400A name and replacing it with Hawker 400XP.
NetJets Services has chosen Rockwell Collins to provide avionics maintenance repair and technical support on its fleets of Gulfstream G200s and Raytheon Hawker 400XPs. Under two separate 10-year agreements, Collins Aviation Services will provide NetJets with forward exchange avionics support.
Operators of Beechjets, MU-300s (Diamonds) and Hawker 700s will have an RVSM solution from Raytheon Aircraft in the near future. A company spokesman told AIN that the company expects to complete STC programs for these airplanes “early next year.” To that end, Innovative Solutions & Support of Exton, Pa., has received a $3 million order for RVSM-compliant avionics intended for these aircraft.
Of the few accidents that have occurred to fractional aircraft (none of them fatal), runway overruns are the most common. There were three such events since February (none resulting in serious injuries), including one in which a NetJets Citation 560 was destroyed in the overrun crash and subsequent fire May 2 at Real County Airport in Leakey, Texas. This was the first fractional jet totally destroyed in an accident.
Arinc and Aeromech have announced plans to offer RVSM upgrade packages to owners and operators of Cessna Citations, Beechjets and Hawkers. The packages will be available beginning this month for the Cessna Citation 650, Beechjet 400/Mitsubishi 300 and Hawker 700, according to the companies.
West Star Aviation of Grand Junction, Colo., has started work on obtaining group RVSM approval for the Cessna 441 Conquest II. Skin mapping, flight testing and equipment installation will be part of the RVSM package, expected to be completed in the fourth quarter. Equipment includes a Collins or Meggitt autopilot replacement for aircraft with the Cessna 1000-series autopilot.
Proposed Embraer Business Jets To Feature Stand-Up Cabins
At the NBAA Convention last month, Brazilian manufacturer Embraer introduced concept studies for two new clean-sheet business jets in the form of a midsize (MSJ) aircraft and a “mid-light” (MLJ) model (see story on page 1). A full-size cabin mockup
Hawker Beechcraft has awarded Emteq of New Berlin, Wis., an initial contract to install its FAA-certified Elements seat heaters as an option aboard Hawker Beechcraft King Airs. The seat-heater design features lumbar and seat heat that can be individually controlled by the passenger. A flexible seat coil allows the internal heating system to
adjust as the seat is adjusted.
Charter operator XOJet of San Carlos, Calif., announced with Cessna on Monday that it had ordered 30 Citation Xs worth $600 million. Yesterday, Bombardier joined XOJet in announcing that the companies had signed an agreement for XOJet’s purchase of 80 Challenger 300s, 20 firm and 60 on option, the largest single order to date for the Challenger 300. Total value of this order, if all options are exercised, is $1.9 billion.
Responding to what they perceived as a lack of organization and efficiency in the air charter booking process, flight dispatcher Janet Fenner and entrepreneur Marshall “Sonny” Belew recently founded Skydini.com, a Web site that lets consumers search for and purchase available charter flights online in minutes instead of hours.