End of an Era as Hawker Is Shut Down
The emergence from bankruptcy of Hawker Beechcraft last week not only marked the beginning of the new Beechcraft Corp., but also signaled the end of the Hawker business jet line. Choosing to focus instead on its turboprop products, government contracts and aircraft service, the Wichita-based manufacturer has shut down all jet production and sold its remaining inventory of new and in-production Hawker 4000s and Premier IAs.
A handful of pre-owned Hawker 4000s remain to be sold, along with all Hawker assets, including type and production certificates, intellectual property, tooling, work in progress, any Hawker-related spares and the Hawker completion center in Little Rock, Ark. However, CEO Bill Boisture noted that Beechcraft’s Global Customer Support will continue to support “all Hawker and Beechcraft products” through its network.
While the court approved the bankruptcy plan canceling the company’s financial obligations with regard to the Hawker 4000 upgrade program, Beechcraft is in touch with those owners whose 16 aircraft have not yet completed the upgrade “to discuss a timeline for the upgrades,” a source told AIN. Without the fuel-tank modification that is part of this upgrade, these 16 Hawker 4000s will be rendered unairworthy early next year when an FAA exemption expires.