The NTSB this week finally released initial factual information about the Flight Options Beechjet 400A that experienced a dual engine flameout on Nov. 28, 2005. Both of the airplane’s Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-5 turbofans, which had been inspected 31 hours earlier, failed on a positioning flight to Marcos Island, Fla., when power was reduced after the fractional jet was cleared to descend to FL330 from FL380.
Executive aircraft operator PrivatAir is preparing for a full launch of its Select Membership block charter program later this year in the U.S. and expects to extend it to European customers early next year. The Swiss-based company has been quietly offering Select Membership to some clients in the U.S. over the past two years and has used the time to refine its pricing and service structure.
Although the second quarter of this year raised the order backlog at Hawker Beechcraft to a company record $5.1 billion, roughly double what it was at the same time last year, the realities of purchasing Raytheon’s aircraft division led to an operating loss of $36.6 million. Sales for the second quarter were down 10 percent from last year to $701 million, despite the fact the manufacturer delivered two more aircraft in the same period.
HAWKER BEECHCRAFT SERVICES APPOINTED BLACKHAWK DEALER
Hawker Beechcraft has appointed Jet Aviation in Dusseldorf, Germany an authorized service center for Hawker 800 series.
Players in the business aviation arena regularly tell their customers that they are improving product support and service by investing in assets and people. Now it’s the customers’ turn to have their say, and the results speak for themselves as AIN publishes its annual Product Support Survey Report.
Hawker Beechcraft has chosen InterGlobe General Aviation to provide sales and service support for its aircraft in India. The company will be Hawker Beechcraft’s exclusive representative for the Hawker 400XP; the Hawker 125 series, including the Hawker 750, Hawker 850XP and Hawker 900XP; and Hawker 4000. The company’s territory includes India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Maldives and Myanmar.
Fractional-ownership provider NetJets has placed an order for 50 AirCell ST 3100 Iridium satellite communication systems for its growing fleet of Raytheon Hawker 400XP light business jets.
The satellite phone systems will be installed at Raytheon Aircraft Services in San Antonio before aircraft delivery. A spokeswoman for Woodbridge, N.J.-based NetJets said the fractional operator expects the first 400XP delivery this month.
Late last month, Cleveland-based Flight Options confirmed speculation that it was starting a jet-card program when it unveiled JetPass. The 25-hour jet cards are available for either the Beechjet 400A, Hawker 800XP or “large-cabin aircraft” (the Challenger 601, Embraer Legacy or Gulfstream IV), with respective up-front costs of $99,900, $149,900 and $249,900 (federal excise tax not included).
Avmats, located in Chesterfield, Mo., on Spirit of St. Louis Airport, has expanded its maintenance offerings to include Beechjets. With more than 25 years of experience in heavy maintenance, sheet metal, avionics, engines, APUs, interiors and modifications, the company has a longstanding reputation for working on older aircraft.