Jim Rice is determined to see his single-engine VisionAire Vantage jet program through to certification and delivery. “We’ve got a long way to go but I would like to finish this,” he told AIN. The newly formed VisionAire Jets held a community awareness event at Hickory Regional Airport in North Carolina yesterday to introduce his company to the Catawba Valley, where up to 600 jobs could be created if the Vantage jet goes into production.
Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D
On a warm morning in the Texas hill country about 70 miles west of San Antonio, Mark Huffstutler pushed the thrust levers forward and launched a re-engined Hawker Beechcraft 400XPR into the cloudy skies. The first flight on May 3 was the culmination of 14 months of engineering and mechanical work, much of it done by Huffstutler’s Sierra Industries, a modification shop located at Garner Field Airport in Uvalde, Texas.
The first flight of the re-engined Hawker 400XPR on May 3 was the culmination of 14 months of work by Hawker Beechcraft and Sierra Industries to further enhance the 400 model, continuing efforts to breath new life into one of Hawker Beechcraft’s older aircraft types.
Nextant Aerospace is delivering the tenth example of its Nextant 400XT here at EBACE 2012. The re-engined and cockpit-upgraded reworkings of Hawker Beechcraft’s Beechjet 400A are in demand on this of the Atlantic, according to the company.
Hawker Beechcraft’s 400XPR upgrade program has achieved two milestones: the first set of Williams International FJ44-4A-32 engines was recently mounted on the 400XPR test airplane and certification has been achieved for the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite.
Kevin Worthington has joined Dallas Airmotive as a regional engine manager covering several Midwestern states. Worthington will be responsible for selling repair and overhaul services on Pratt & Whitney Canada engines. Previously he sold P&WC engine services for Duncan Aviation at its Battle Creek, Mich. location. Worthington will cover Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, focusing on engine services sales for the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A, JT15D, PW500, PW306C and Honeywell 36-series APU. He will be based in Michigan.
ACES Systems, a division of Technology for Energy Corp. headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., is at Booth No. N2311 to acquaint NBAA convention-goers with its line of aviation vibration and acoustical analysis and balancing equipment for airframe and engine ground test and test cell applications.
Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (GCS), which provides aftermarket service and support for all aircraft platforms of the U.S. airframer, also handles enhancements and modifications of those aircraft. Here in Geneva, GCS is highlighting new developments of several aircraft, including the Hawker 400XPR, the Hawker 750 and the King Air 200GTR.
Aviation Turbines International of O’Fallon, Mo., is offering a mobile response team to serve its JT15D customers. The company has a dedicated vehicle equipped with the tooling required by Pratt & Whitney Canada to perform hot-section inspections, low-pressure compressor replacements, vibration surveys, engine replacements and routine maintenance.
O’Fallon, Mo.-based Aviation Turbines International is offering its JT15D customers a mobile response team deployed on a vehicle equipped with the tooling required by Pratt & Whitney Canada to perform hot-section inspections, low-pressure compressor (fan disk) replacements, vibration surveys, engine replacements and routine maintenance.