Beechcraft

September 19, 2013 - 2:00pm

Beechcraft is nearing the sale of its Hawker 4000 and Premier I/IA assets, a step agreed to earlier this year as part of the Wichita OEM’s emergence from bankruptcy. The sale includes items such as type certificates, parts and tooling, as well as the composite manufacturing facility in Wichita known as Plant III. A Beechcraft spokeswoman said potential buyers are currently performing due diligence, and CEO Bill Boisture told AIN that he is “confident” the deal will happen by year-end.

September 19, 2013 - 1:45pm

Membership-based private aviation start-up Wheels Up unveiled the exterior livery for its planned fleet of Beechcraft King Air 350i turboprops. France’s Happy Design Studio devised the blue-and-white paint scheme for the New York-based company in just 15 days. Wheels Up placed firm orders and options on 105 King Air 350is last month and expects deliveries to begin next month.

September 19, 2013 - 1:00pm

Beechcraft appointed Delhi-based Arrow Aircraft Sales and Charters as its sole distributor for India. The aircraft manufacturer, which previously handled the Indian market from Singapore, is also preparing to appoint an India-based executive. The new partnership with Arrow was launched on Monday along with a seven-day regional demonstrator tour to showcase the King Air 250 in Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Bhubaneshwar. Some 70 King Airs are already flying in India, and Beechcraft says many of those operators are looking to upgrade their aircraft.

September 11, 2013 - 9:50am

Beechcraft and its aftermarket service and support organization, Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support, appointed Air Service Basel in Switzerland as an authorized service center for the company’s King Air series. The designation allows the facility to provide King Air line and base maintenance. The company, which began operations in 1967, is an FBO, as well as an EASA- and FAA-approved maintenance organization and repair station at Euroairport Basel-Mulhouse in Switzerland.

September 4, 2013 - 11:50am

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group acquired Beechcraft’s flagship European MRO business, Hawker Beechcraft Limited, on September 2. Located at Broughton in the UK’s northwest corner, the facility was also known as Hawker Beechcraft Services Chester and has provided maintenance, modification, paint and upgrade services to Hawker and Beechcraft owners for more than 50 years.

September 3, 2013 - 3:45pm

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.

August 20, 2013 - 4:44pm
First flight of production AT-6 light attack aircraft

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.

August 14, 2013 - 3:30pm

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.

August 9, 2013 - 10:30am

Brazilian aviation services giant Líder Aviação has announced it is the new “exclusive representative” in Brazil for Canadian business jet manufacturer Bombardier Aerospace.

August 6, 2013 - 3:35pm

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.

 
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