Barely two weeks after filing for U.S. Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (Stand 7060) told a pre-EBACE press conference on May 13 that it will be “well positioned for the future” when it emerges from that status later this year.
The first flight of the re-engined Hawker 400XPR on May 3 was the culmination of 14 months of work by Hawker Beechcraft and Sierra Industries to further enhance the 400 model, continuing efforts to breath new life into one of Hawker Beechcraft’s older aircraft types.
Max-Viz said an STC approval for its EVS-1500 enhanced vision system in Hawker business jets is close at hand. According to the avionics company, Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support’s program for installation of the EVS-1500 on Hawker 750s, 800s, 850s and 900s will be STC’d by next month. Installations through Hawker Beechcraft Services’ factory-owned service centers will require three to four days of downtime, Max-Viz told AIN. The EVS-1500 will also be a factory option on new 900XPs.
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 Global Customer Support (GCS) has appointed Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Center its first authorized service center in mainland China. Located at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, Shanghai Hawker Pacific will provide service to Hawker owners and operators in the Northern Asia Pacific region.
February’s Singapore Airshow confirmed a trend that has been brewing for some time: that Indonesia is emerging as a business aviation hotspot in the Asia Pacific region. Last year the country’s economy grew at its fastest pace since the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis, with gross domestic product expanding by 6.5 percent.
AeroMechanical Services, operating as Flyht, will provide NetJets Europe with the automated flight information reporting system (Afirs) and services for 30 Hawker Beechcraft 750/800XPs.
Thomas French, Aeromechanical Services’ CFO, told AIN, “We’ve been dealing with smaller groups, primarily regional carriers, specialty carriers and cargo operators with 30 or fewer aircraft. This places the technology we’ve developed over the years with a major player and takes us into another level.”
Last month’s Singapore Airshow confirmed a trend that has been brewing for some time: that Indonesia is emerging as a business aviation hotspot in the Asia Pacific region. Last year the country’s economy grew at its fastest speed since the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis, with gross domestic product expanding by 6.5 percent.
Hawker Beechcraft is marking its 80th anniversary this year as it enjoys strong growth in China, and Asian markets in general. As part of its celebrations the U.S. company has brought three of its key airplanes to the ABACE show: the super-midsize Hawker 4000; the midsize Hawker 900XP; and the Beechcraft King Air C90GTx twin turboprop.
Just over three years ago, Hawker Beechcraft began delivering what is arguably the best of the venerable 125-series aircraft: the Hawker 750. Performance and price both help to make this midsize-cabin model a strong contender.