Constant Aviation of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport has named Rich Barlow as the MRO’s Northeast regional sales manager. Most of Barlow’s 30 years of aviation experience has been in MRO sales. Most recently he was the Northeast region sales manager for Hawker Beechcraft. Barlow will be responsible for selling maintenance, avionics, interior modifications/refurbishments, composite and accessory services for the Northeast Region. He will also work with the parts distribution division, Constant Aviation Rotable Exchange, to support customers’ parts needs.
Though largely overshadowed by a heavy military presence, the business aviation sector made its voice heard at last month’s Aero India show in Bangalore (February 6 to 10). Serious obstacles continue to stand in the way of those trying to fulfill bizav’s undoubted potential in this vast emerging market (see box), but this has not deterred the major manufacturers from increasing their presence in India.
After delays of nearly a year, the U.S. Air Force has selected Sierra Nevada Corp. and its partner Embraer Defense and Security for its light air support program (LAS).
After delays of nearly a year, the U.S. Air Force announced yesterday that it selected Sierra Nevada Corp. and its partner, Embraer Defense and Security, for its light air support program (LAS). After a lengthy rebidding process, the Air Force in essence confirmed its original choice of the A-29 Super Tucano, built by Brazilian airplane manufacturer Embraer.
The U.S. Air Force (USAF) for a second time has selected the Embraer A-29 Super Tucano for its Light Air Support (LAS) requirement, according to Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), the U.S. proponent.
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.
The NTSB has made recommendations addressing fatigue cracks of nose landing gear (NLG) end caps on the Beechcraft 1900D. The recommendations stem from the Board’s investigation of several recent incidents, and as a result Beechcraft has changed its recommended maintenance practices for the nose landing gear actuator dated Aug. 1, 2010; May 1, 2011; and Nov. 1, 2011.
With its official emergence from bankruptcy today, the new Beechcraft Corp. returns to the roots planted by founders Walter and Olive Ann Beech in 1932.
Edward Burns, 93, the president of Beech Aircraft from 1981 to 1982 and a 40-year employee at the company, died Friday. Burns, also the nephew of company co-founders Walter and Olive Ann Beech, was the fourth president at the Wichita-based aircraft manufacturer, succeeding Frank Hedrick. Burns retired in 1982, reportedly after clashing with executives at Raytheon, which acquired Beechcraft that year.
Pre-owned Hawker 700/800/900s are currently “significantly undervalued,” Brian Proctor of business jet broker and consultancy Mente Group said today at the NBAA Aircraft Finance, Registration and Legal conference in Bonita Springs, Fla. He contends that prices of these aircraft could potentially double (from current values, depending on the specific model) soon after Hawker Beechcraft exits bankruptcy later this month.