Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) has donated a Hawker 400XPr jet to serve as the flying classroom for record-setting pilot and educator Barrington Irving’s latest project. The “Classroom in the Sky” project, an initiative of Irving’s non-profit Experience Aviation, will expose millions of students to aviation by allowing them to interact with him during a planned around-the-world flight, which will take him to all seven continents.
After successfully completing the two-day audit process, Baker Aviation was awarded the Argus Platinum safety rating for its Part 135 charter operation, which flies a Citation 650, Beechjet 400A and Hawker 800A. The audit scrutinized all Baker Aviation’s manuals, procedures, safety management system, FAA compliance and general company-wide practices. According to Baker, only 4 percent of the nation’s 2,500 charter operators hold the Argus Platinum rating.
Hawker Beechcraft is moving ahead with restructuring during Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and in a press conference here yesterday HBC chairman Bill Boisture made it clear the new Beechcraft Corp. that emerges in the first quarter of next year will focus on the turboprop and piston aircraft lines.
Gama Group has entered into an exclusive agreement with Professional Aviation Associates to hold consignment stock for Europe-based Hawker Beechcraft aircraft. The agreement significantly expands the range of stock Gama Support Services (GSS) holds for Hawker Beechcraft aircraft.
Cleveland, Ohio-based Constant Aviation has opened a new facility in Las Vegas. “This is a huge accomplishment for our company and employees but most of all for our customers. Expanding to a third location has been a long-term goal for quite some time. It made sense that the growth was on the West Coast,” Stephen Maiden, the MRO provider’s president, told AIN.
London Oxford Airport-based aircraft management and engineering company Hangar8 has enhanced the support capabilities at its Oxford, UK, MRO facility to cover a broader range of business aircraft. Within a year of acquiring EASA 145 approval, the company now provides Camo-Part M and line support for all Hawkers, the Dassault Falcon 2000, Citation 525 series and Embraer Phenom 100.
Nextant Aerospace delivered its sixteenth 400XT today to a private buyer in the Czech Republic, marking the first handover of a Nextant-remanufactured Beechjet 400A/400XP with a European registration. The undisclosed customer and the firm managing the aircraft, Time Air, will work with Nextant to provide demonstration flights for prospective buyers in Europe. Beechcraft Sales and Service (Beechcraft Augsburg) serves as Nextant’s maintenance hub in Europe and will offer factory-approved services for European 400XT owners and operators.
Nextant Aerospace announced yesterday that Singapore-based air charter firm Asia Pacific Jets placed an order for 10 Nextant 400XTs, the remanufactured Beechjet 400A/400XP with new Williams FJ44-3AP engines, Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics and other upgrades. At list prices, the order is worth more than $40 million. All 10 aircraft will be delivered to Asia Pacific Jets over the next three years, with some outfitted as air ambulances and the rest as traditional business jets.
On display for the first time at LABACE, and making its Latin American debut, is the Nextant 400XT, “the world’s only FAA-certified, remanufactured business jet,” according to builder Nextant Aerospace.
Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support opened a factory-owned aircraft maintenance facility last week at New Castle County Airport in Wilmington, Del. The Part 145 repair station offers airframe, engine, avionics and mobile service support for the company’s entire product line, from the Bonanza to the Hawker 4000.