“Cautious optimism” for the current business aviation market likely describes the consensus of opinion of the business aviation industry here at EBACE. It is, at least, the view of Bill Boisture, chairman and CEO, Hawker Beechcraft Corp., who told AIN that his plans for transforming the Wichita, Kansas OEM into “a smaller, more agile company” are progressing.
Boeing Business Jet completion center Greenpoint Technologies (Stand 651) has selected Boeing’s Global Transport & Executive Systems (GTES) facility in Wichita, Kansas, to install its new 747-8 Aeroloft interior.
Nordam Group of Tulsa has filed a lawsuit against Cessna Aircraft, alleging a breach of contract and seeking to prevent the OEM from transferring intellectual property to a competitor, according to court documents. The claim states that unless Cessna is halted, Nordam will suffer more than $30 million in damages. Last Thursday, U.S. Chief District Judge Claire Eagan in Tulsa turned down Cessna’s request to dismiss or move the case to U.S.
Spearheading a rally of more than 2,000 general aviation workers in Wichita in March, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood lauded the importance of general aviation manufacturing to the state of Kansas and the U.S. industrial base, and promised a visit to “the air capital of the world” from the President next year.
Stuart B. Millner and Associates has begun auctioning assets of three Wichita-area plants being closed by Hawker Beechcraft. The work done at these plants is being subcontracted out to vendors or moved to Hawker Beechcraft’s facilities in Mexico. A number of general fabrication machinery items that can be used in many industrial applications are available for sale, as are some aerospace-specific items.
Hawker Beechcraft announced on February 24 the opening of a new $20 million facility in Chihuahua City, Mexico, that will be employed primarily in sheet metal fabrication.
A little more of Hawker Beechcraft is moving out of the Air Capital of the World as Stuart B. Millner and Associates has begun auctioning off assets of three Wichita-area plants being closed by the aircraft manufacturer. The work done at these plants is being subcontracted out to vendors or moved to Hawker Beechcraft’s facilities in Mexico.
Hawker Beechcraft today announced the opening of a new $20 million facility in Chihuahua City, Mexico, where it will for the most part increase sheet-metal fabrication for King Airs and Hawkers. According to Hawker Beechcraft CEO Bill Boisture, the 180,000-sq-ft building is one of two at the Chihuahua site, where a third will be added later this year.
Hawker Beechcraft and the State of Kansas announced a formal agreement on December 21 for the airframer to remain in Wichita for the next decade.
Hawker Beechcraft and the state of Kansas reached an agreement late last month that will keep the airframer in Wichita for at least the next decade.