At its EBACE press conference, Raytheon Aircraft took the wraps off two improved jets, the Hawker 800XPi and Beechcraft Premier IA. The newly designated models feature upgraded cockpits, redesigned interiors and a compendium of other enhancements that customers have long been asking Raytheon to incorporate into the designs. These improvements come at a cost.
Safe Flight Instrument is working with Raytheon Aircraft to obtain an STC on an autothrottle system for Hawker 800XPs. The White Plains, N.Y. company’s AutoPowersystem for the Hawker 800XP is expected to be ready for delivery early next summer.
Raytheon Hawker 800XP, Smith, Nev., Aug. 28, 2006–Amazingly, there were no fatalities when Hawker N879QS, collided with a Schleicher sailplane at 16,000 feet 42 miles southeast of Reno, Nev. Cleared to descend from 16,000 to 11,000, the Hawker captain saw something out of the corner of her eye to the left. She then saw the glider filling the windshield. She pushed the yoke down and to the right to try to avoid the glider.
Raytheon Aircraft breaks ground October 3 for a major expansion of its Hawker completions facility in Little Rock, Ark. The company plans to deliver 156 business jets this year, including the first five Hawker 4000s.
The Schleicher sailplane that collided with a NetJets Hawker 800XP at about 16,000 feet near Smith, Nev., on August 28 was equipped with a transponder but it was not turned on. Transponder activation is not required for glider operations below 18,000 feet msl and outside controlled airspace.
The new FlightSafety International Learning Center at Farnborough Airport, UK, received its first group of pilots on July 18. They were trained using the facility’s three Cessna Citation Bravo simulators.
Chinese operator Hainan Airlines announced at the Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition that it will open an authorized service center for Raytheon’s Premier I and Hawker 800XP. This is the first time a general aviation manufacturer has launched a partnership with a service provider in mainland China.
The UK’s Gama Aviation has established a new maintenance operation at its Farnborough Airport headquarters to comply with pending European JAR Subpart M requirements for supporting its charter/management fleet. It can also now offer line support to other operators at the London-area airport.
South Africa’s National Airways is opening a new maintenance operation for business jets at Johannesburg Lanseria Airport. The Jet Centre facility officially opened on October 1 and it will primarily support Raytheon’s entire jet line, including current-production types and the full spectrum of British Aerospace HS.125s. National Airways claims it will offer a level of service previously available only in Europe and North America.
Cleveland-based fractional provider Flight Options last month launched Fractional First, which it describes as a “purchase and use program designed to deliver up to a 15-percent increase in value through access to more hours or savings on long-haul trips.” All new Flight Options contracts will include Fractional First, while existing customers have the option to transition to a new Fractional First agreement for the remainder of their current