Oxford, UK-based Volare Aviation completed its first retrofit of Aviation Partners blended winglets on a Hawker 800XPi and was appointed an authorized installation provider for the Hawker 800 series in Europe, API said.
“After a lengthy period without a European installer, we chose Volare Aviation not only for their technical capability but also their deep understanding of the Hawker market in the region,” said Aviation Partners president Gary Dunn. “The first installation went very smoothly, and we are already working with Dustin Dryden and his team to complete two more installations in Q1.”
Dunn added that resale prices for late-model 800XP/XPis are spurring interest in the aircraft. “We are certainly seeing that translate into an increase in winglet sales.”
On the Hawker 800 series, the Aviation Partners winglets reduce drag by 7 percent at long-range cruise, API estimated, adding this increases range by at least 180 nm, boosts cruise by 15 to 18 knots, providers for a faster time-to-climb, and can reduce or eliminate the need for step-climb.
Volare Aviation provides a wide range of services, including aircraft sales, management, charter, engineering training, maintenance, and refurbishment.