Raytheon Aircraft is now offering a complete package of RVSM compliance paperwork and flight-test services for operators of Beechcraft and Hawker turbine business aircraft once they are equipped and approved with RVSM avionics.
Safe Flight Instrument is working with Raytheon Aircraft to obtain an STC on an autothrottle system for Hawker 800XPs. The White Plains, N.Y. company’s AutoPowersystem for the Hawker 800XP is expected to be ready for delivery early next summer.
Deliveries of business jets and turboprops in the first quarter of this year jumped about 20 percent compared with deliveries in the same period last year, despite mixed results by the major OEMs, according to statistics the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released recently.
OEMs made a number of announcements at last month’s European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition, held once again at Palexpo Convention Center in Geneva. Raytheon Aircraft unveiled a derivative of the Premier I. The upgraded model, called the Premier IA, features an entirely redesigned interior as well as some avionics enhancements. For the big news at Europe’s biggest show.
Meggitt/S-Tec announced that it has promoted two employees to director positions. Greg Plantz, formerly the regional sales manager for the Midwest, is now the director of sales; James Brown will become the director of supply chain management.
FlightSafety International promoted John Marino to vice president of government relations. Marino was most recently sales and marketing manager for Asia.
Pro Star Aviation of Manchester, N.H., has been appointed a factory-authorized service center for the Raytheon King Air, Beechjet, Premier, Hawker 400XP and some piston-engine models.
As an added revenue source, Stevens Aviation in Greenville, S.C., plans to officially launch its Heritage Program at the NBAA Convention this fall.
The program, said Randy Znamenak, v-p of sales and marketing, will target “undervalued corporate jets and turboprop aircraft” to be purchased and upgraded by Stevens for resale. “We’re currently looking at some Cessna and Raytheon products that have great upside potential.
Reports of cracks found on the rudder-pedal arm assemblies of two Raytheon Beech Premier I light jets have prompted a proposed AD that mandates replacing affected parts. The directive would apply to nearly 100 U.S.-registered Premier Is. Comments on the proposed AD are due by August 19. For more information, contact the FAA’s David Ostrodka at (316) 676-3140.
Former Raytheon Aircraft v-p of operations Paul Schumacher has joined Eclipse Aviation in Albuquerque, N.M., as v-p of manufacturing. He will lead the primary assembly team for the Eclipse 500 very light twinjet, which Eclipse said at press time would receive full type certification “shortly.” Meanwhile, its powerplant, the P&WC PW610F, received FAA certification on August 23.
Raytheon Aircraft breaks ground October 3 for a major expansion of its Hawker completions facility in Little Rock, Ark. The company plans to deliver 156 business jets this year, including the first five Hawker 4000s.