Marshall Aerospace announced yesterday that it purchased Beechcraft’s flagship European maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) business, Hawker Beechcraft Ltd. The facilities were also known as Hawker Beechcraft Services Chester and had provided a full range of Hawker and Beechcraft maintenance, modification, paint and upgrade services for more than 50 years.
Beechcraft said that it accomplished the first flight of a production AT-6 light attack aircraft in Wichita on Tuesday. The first flight of an AT-6 production representative test vehicle occurred in September 2009.
Beechcraft is back at the annual LABACE show for the first time since emerging from bankruptcy protection earlier this year with a revised business plan focused on its turboprop family of aircraft. Together with its regional distributor Líder Aviação, the U.S.
Brazilian aviation services giant Líder Aviação has announced it is the new “exclusive representative” in Brazil for Canadian business jet manufacturer Bombardier Aerospace.
Total general aviation (GA) airplane billings in the first half of the year reached $10.4 billion, an increase of more than 25 percent over the same period last year, according to statistics released yesterday by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). This is the first time since the first half of 2008 that six-month industry revenues have exceeded $10 billion.
Flightcraft’s roots go deep into the local community. The company began serving the lumber industry in the late 1940s when Si King, Charlie Miller and a couple of lumber companies, including Weyerhaeuser, got together to support the transportation needs of the lumber industry.
Fifty years after delivering its very first engine to Beechcraft, Pratt & Whitney Canada celebrated another milestone yesterday by delivering to Beechcraft at EAA AirVenture the 80,000th PT6 turboprop, in this case a -60A variant that powers the King Air 350i. “As we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of this iconic engine,” said P&WC president John Saabas, “we are proud to share this important moment with Beechcraft, which was the first customer to select the PT6.” The PT6 has since become the most popular engine in all aviation market segments.
Gulfstream, Mitsubishi top survey results again
Gulfstream, the longtime leader in the AIN Product Support Survey, scored higher this year with an overall average 8.3 rating for its large-cabin jets (newer and older aircraft), although after a large jump last year, Embraer is creeping even closer to the top spot, up 0.1 to 8.2 from last year’s 8.1.
Beechcraft Global Customer Support named Edwards Jet Center in Billings, Mont., an authorized service center for the King Air, Baron and Bonanza.
Founded in 1947, Edwards Jet Center is an FBO, FAA-certified repair station and FAA Part 135 on-demand charter operator. The MRO employs 18 full-time A&P mechanics with capabilities for piston, turboprop and jet aircraft.
Beechcraft said it recorded a 75-percent increase in second-quarter aircraft deliveries over the same period a year ago. The company delivered 56 commercial and military aircraft, compared with 32 in last year’s second quarter. This year’s second-quarter total includes 12 King Air 350i/ERs, seven King Air 250s and five King Air C90GTxs. In the first half of this year, Beechcraft delivered 115 airplanes versus 69 in the same period last year, for an increase of 66 percent.