About a week after it revealed that it posted a $632.8 million loss last year, Hawker Beechcraft issued a 60-day warning to workers yesterday, noting that it “will lay off approximately 350 employees in several areas of operations in Wichita.” The company currently employs about 4,700 workers in Wichita.
Hawker Beechcraft’s 400XPR upgrade program has achieved two milestones: the first set of Williams International FJ44-4A-32 engines was recently mounted on the 400XPR test airplane and certification has been achieved for the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite.
FlightSafety International has promoted John Brasfield to manager of the Cessna Aircraft Maintenance Learning Center in Wichita. Brasfield has held a number of positions of increasing responsibility since joining FlightSafety in 1999 at its Hawker Beechcraft Learning Center in Wichita. He joined the company as an instructor, served as program manager for training on the Beechjet, Hawker 800XP and Hawker Horizon and then as director of programs. He most recently served as assistant manager of the Wichita Cessna Learning Center.
Hawker Beechcraft is exhibiting its King Air 350ER special-mission demonstrator in the Singapore Airshow static display, the first time the type has appeared in the Asia Pacific region. The twin-engine turboprop is outfitted with high-density seating, medevac stretchers, a belly-mounted search radome and electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) sensors.
Hawker Pacific is celebrating its continued growth beyond Australia and into the wider Asia Pacific region by formally opening its new Singapore operation during the airshow here this week.
Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support has released its 2012 Quick Response Team special events schedule. The OEM provides on-site technical expertise and immediate support to owners and operators at popular business, political, sporting and lifestyle events around the world. The 2012 events include: Super Bowl XLVI (February 5); Daytona 500 (February 26); Masters Golf Tournament (April 5 to 8) in Augusta, Ga.; Indianapolis 500 (May 27); and the Summer Olympics (July 27 to August 12) in London.
Earlier this month a BeechJet 400A left Fort Lauderdale’s Banyan Air Service for Argentina outfitted with the Thrane & Thrane Aviator 200 Swift Broadband system. “About half our customer base is in South America, and that market is about to explode,” Brian Wilson, Banyan’s director of avionics, told AIN.
Arabian Jets of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and CAE signed a long-term agreement for pilot training services on eight business aircraft types yesterday at the Dubai Air Show. The training, which will be conducted at Emirates-CAE Flight Training in Dubai and other CAE locations, will include initial and recurrent courses.
Nextant Aerospace appointed business aircraft sales group Action Aviation as the exclusive sales agent for the Nextant 400XT in the Middle East, India and Europe. Action Aviation has offices in Dubai, the UK and Bangalore, India.
Nextant Aerospace has appointed business aircraft sales group Action Aviation as the exclusive sales agent for the Nextant 400XT light business jet in the Middle East, India and Europe. Action Aviation, which is displaying the new aircraft at the Dubai Air Show, has offices in Dubai, the UK and Bangalore, India.