Charter operator XOJet today announced a firm order for seven Hawker 800XPRs, with delivery of all scheduled before the end of the year. With an order option for an additional five aircraft, the value of the deal “represents a potential commitment of up to $50 million,” according to Hawker Beechcraft v-p Christi Tannahill.
Calgary, Alberta-based Flyht (Booth No. C11546) provided an update at NBAA 2011 in Las Vegas on its next-generation automated flight information reporting system, the Afirs 228, which was tested in May on a Hawker 750.
Asked recently how Hawker Beechcraft is doing, company chairman and CEO Bill Boisture’s answer of, “We’re doing all right,” was abbreviated at best. The long answer is more enlightening. “The progress we’re making in transformation of the company through Project Challenge is very significant,” Boisture said, answering more at length.
The business aviation industry, as well as the associated companies, grow when confidence is high and retract when it’s low. As the economy slogs along for the third year in a row, with matching weak confidence, the time is now for the business aircraft manufacturers to announce bold plans for new models at the 2011 NBAA Convention next week in Las Vegas.
Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) Global Customer Support has received FAA supplemental type certification for the Hawker 800XPR modification. The 800XPR features more powerful Honeywell TFE731-50R engines and HBC-designed winglets. For customers seeking panel upgrades, new Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics will be available.
Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) Global Customer Support has received FAA supplemental type certification for the Hawker 800XPR modification. The 800XPR features more powerful Honeywell TFE731-50R engines and HBC-designed winglets.
Six of ExecuJet Aviation Group’s MROs have been designated Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) authorized service centers. They include ExecuJet Aviation facilities in Lanseria and Cape Town, South Africa; Dubai, UAE; Melbourne and Sydney, Australia; and Lagos, Nigeria. A spokesman for ExecuJet, which has a total of eight maintenance facilities worldwide, said the other locations will be considered based on demand.
Conklin & de Decker released its 2011/2012 Aircraft Performance Comparator, a software program that allows those acquiring a business jet, turboprop, piston airplane or helicopter to compare aircraft performance data.
A King Air 200, fitted with Aviator 200 powered by Thrane & Thrane, was on display at the Ebace convention in May.
The system delivers Internet and e-mail to WiFi-enabled smartphones, tablets and laptops at data transfer speeds up to 158 kbps–not a particularly high transfer rate, but reasonable in these economic times at a cost of approximately $75,000.
Hawker Beechcraft’s flight operations, including all of the company’s flight test, demonstration and corporate transport operations, have received registration under the International Business Aviation Council’s International Standard for Business Aviation Operations (IS-BAO). “[IS-BAO] essentially structures ISO 9000 principles to apply to aviation safety,” according to Hawker Beechcraft.