Hawker Beechcraft gets OK to operate during bankruptcy

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York has granted approval of Hawker Beechcraft’s “First Day Motions” as part of the company’s voluntary filing for reorganization under Chapter 11. Approval of these motions enables Hawker Beechcraft to continue to operate in the ordinary course of business during the reorganization process.

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New Bonanza G36 interior debuts

Hawker Beechcraft, which featured its entire Beechcraft product lineup at last week’s Sun ’n Fun, including Premier IA, King Air 350i, King Air 250, King Air C90GTx, and Baron G58, as well as a Bonanza G36 debuting the new interior package announced last fall.

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Hawker Beechcraft launches synthetic vision upgrade program

Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (GCS) has inked an exclusive agreement with Rockwell Collins to provide Synthetic Vision upgrades for all Pro Line 21-equipped Hawker and Beechcraft platforms.

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PPG Aerospace resumes King Air windshield rebuild service

PPG Industries’ aerospace transparencies business has resumed its rebuilding service for Beechcraft King Air windshields.

Rebuilt windshields provide operators with the best value, according to Jim Romano, PPG global sales director for commercial aftermarket transparencies.

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King Air security system approved

Kansas State University’s Advanced Manufacturing Institute teamed with AirLock Aviation Security Systems and Hawker Beechcraft Corp. to develop a new electronic security access system for King Air 200 and 300 series turboprop aircraft.

The FAA has issued a STC for the system, which is available exclusively through Hawker Beechcraft’s Rapid Aircraft Parts Inventory and Distribution (RAPID) supply network.

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EFB for King Airs approved

Hawker Beechcraft Services has developed a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to install DAC International Inc.’s Gen-X Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) to King Airs.

The STC covers the King Air 90, 100, 200, B200, 300, B300 and 1900 series of aircraft – including the C90GTi, B200GT and 350.

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King Air 350i debuts

Hawker Beechcraft Corp. has unveiled the Beechcraft King Air 350i.

The King Air 350i highlights four areas of interior upgrades: An advanced infotainment system, the Rockwell Collins Venue integrated Cabin Management System (CMS), which features video screens, iPod connectivity and more; a redesigned cabin; a multi-step noise reduction process that drops sound levels by 4 dBA; and
FlexCabin capability, a new way of reconfiguring the cabin, increasing mission flexibility.

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Hawker Beechcraft opens Mesa facility

Hawker Beechcraft Corp. opened its newest Hawker Beechcraft Services (HBS) aircraft maintenance facility Jan. 5 at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (IWA) in Mesa, Arizona.

The Mesa facility will serve as the Southwest regional service center for HBS, replacing the Van Nuys, Calif., location that will close March 31, 2009.

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American Aviation completes third King Air flight deck retrofit

American Aviation of Brooksville, Florida, has completed its third Alliant Integrated Flight Deck retrofit in a Beechcraft King Air 200.

“Updating the timeless King Air with the Alliant system takes one of the best airplanes ever made and makes it better,” said John Petrick, president of American Aviation.

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