Hawker Beechcraft has hired Harris Williams to shop seven of its U.S. fuel and line operations–a move not unexpected after the company announced late last month that it was selling its aircraft and charter management division to Sentient Flight Group. The planned sale would include Hawker Beechcraft FBOs in Atlanta; Houston; Indianapolis; San Antonio; Tampa, Fla.; Van Nuys, Calif.; and Wichita.
The debate between Littleton, Colo. maintenance-tracking provider AvTrak and Hawker Beechcraft (formerly Raytheon Aircraft) stemming from Raytheon’s sale of its Facts (Factory Aircraft Comprehensive Tracking System) to Ronkonkoma, N.Y.-based Camp Systems has heated up once again as a judge upheld a February injunction regarding ownership of the operators’ maintenance data.
On October 23, Sentient Flight Group purchased Hawker Beechcraft’s charter/management business. The announcement came one day after Sentient said it had agreed to buy TAG Aviation USA’s management business. The deal adds 22 employees, contracts for aircraft and another charter certificate to the Sentient stable. When the TAG Aviation USA deal goes through before year-end, Sentient could add as many as another 79 aircraft.
Waltham, Mass.-based Raytheon, during its third-quarter earnings conference this morning, announced its decision to sell Flight Options, its Cleveland-based business aircraft fractional share division. On October 15 the company entered into a definitive agreement to sell the fractional provider to HIG Capital, a Miami-based global private investment firm.
In a move that appeared to bring Raytheon a step closer to concluding its intention to take control of the operations of fractional jet provider Flight Options, company chairman and CEO Kenn Ricci stepped down last month and was replaced by John Nahill, formerly v-p of corporate strategy and development at Raytheon Co. He was named chairman and CEO in a unanimous vote by the nine-member board.
In a continuing realignment of its Beechcraft and Hawker product lines, Raytheon Aircraft announced at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition last month in Geneva that it is dropping the venerable Beechjet 400A name and replacing it with Hawker 400XP.
As Raytheon Aircraft works to pull itself out of its financial hole, development of the Hawker Horizon continues with “absolutely no showstoppers,” according to Jim Schuster, chairman and CEO.
Business aviation in Asia–particularly in China–was the focus of this year’s Asian Aerospace, held in Hong Kong from September 3 through 6. This year’s event also marked the show’s debut at a new venue– Asia World Expo at Hong Kong International Airport–as show organizer Reed Exhibitions moved the event from Singapore after its joint venture with that government ended. Singapore will hold its own show on a new site at Changi next February.
Aero Charter is here at NBAA’07 (Booth No. 5318) celebrating its 30th year of operation under a single owner. CEO Bob Thomas and his partner, John Morgenthaler, Jr., are both pilots. “I go by what the customer wants. We are straight-shooters. We show the customer how to do what they want to do,” Thomas said.
Local pilot Brian Ross is a big fan of Aviation Partners winglets after adding the efficiency-improving devices to all four of his employer’s Hawker Beechcraft Hawker 800s. Ross is director of operations for Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), the soft-drink distribution company that is partially owned by Coca-Cola. CCE’s Hawker 800s are hangared at a corporate facility at Fulton County Airport/Brown Field. Aviation Partners (Booth No.