Raytheon's long and bumpy road toward type certification of the Hawker 4000 has taken another twist. Because of its already lengthy certification process–the FAA recently granted a seven-month extension, to December 31–the Hawker 4000 has to meet certain Part 25 amendments that went into effect in the seven months after the aircraft's May 31, 2001 type certification application date.
Lockheed Martin at the Air Traffic Control Association Convention on Monday announced its bidding team for the FAA’s nationwide automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) program. The team includes ground station manufacturers Sensis and Rannoch, and avionics integrator Honeywell and secure network communications specialist Harris.
Raytheon Aircraft delivered 39 jets and 36 King Airs in the third quarter of this year compared with 29 jets and 27 King Airs in the same period last year, according to figures released last Thursday at Raytheon’s third-quarter earnings conference call. The deliveries bring this year’s nine-month total to 187 turbine airplanes, compared with 158 for the period last year.
Raytheon announced a broadening of its Hawker product line by introducing the Hawker 900XP and the Hawker 750, both derivatives of the Hawker 850XP. The models will replace the Hawker 850XP when they begin entering service.
Raytheon Aircraft broke ground today for a $16.3 million, 112,000-sq-ft expansion to its Hawker completions facility in Little Rock, Ark. Currently, the facility outfits Hawker 850XPs with interiors, avionics and paint before they are delivered to customers. The facility at present is working “at capacity,” according to the company.
As the Raytheon Hawker 800XP that on August 28 collided with a sailplane in Nevada prepared to land, one of the jet’s passengers cinched up his seat belt and the inboard portion of the belt fitting detached. The passenger moved to another seat and the same thing happened again.
According to Raytheon’s second-quarter report, released this morning, Raytheon Aircraft posted net quarter sales of $745 million, up 8 percent from $687 million in the second quarter of last year, thanks to more deliveries of new aircraft. The division recorded a quarterly profit of $41 million versus $33 million in the same period last year.
On Monday, the FAA issued a proposed Airworthiness Directive that would mandate a one-time 80-manhour detailed inspection of the flight-control systems on Raytheon Beechcraft King Air C90A, B200, B200C, B300 and B300C turboprops. The proposed AD is the result of a report of "nonconformities" by an FAA Manufacturing Inspection District Office.
Raytheon Aircraft said it is working with the FAA, NTSB, Transport Canada and Pratt & Whitney Canada to determine the root cause of three Beechjet dual engine flameouts in less than two years (see "Third dual flameout raises questions about Beechjet," AINonline).
Raytheon Aircraft broke ground on October 3 to expand its aircraft completions facilities in Little Rock, Ark., with a $16.3 million addition creating more room for paint and interior completions of the Hawker 4000.