Beechcraft Reports 2013 a ‘Success’ Year, Beechcraft Ready to Deliver Upgraded Hawker 400XPRs + MORE Feb 11th

Beechcraft Reports a ‘Success’ Year

 [Aviation Today February 10, 2014] Beechcraft Corp. delivered 205 General Aviation (GA) aircraft in 2013, a 64 percent increase compared to the 125 aircraft delivered during the previous year.  Baron G58. Photo, courtesy of Beechcraft.   “In addition to the impressive full-year delivery numbers, we saw our highest booking rates in years and had solid revenue from servicing Hawker and Beechcraft aircraft in both the commercial and military segments. It’s safe to call our first year as a standalone company a success,” said Beechcraft CEO Bill Boisture….

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Beechcraft Baron G58

FAA Streamlines Angle Of Attack Indicator Approvals

 The new streamlined procedures for angle of attack (AOA) indicators are part of a multi-faceted effort by FAA and the general aviation community to improve general aviation safety. The units, which are not required equipment on general aviation aircraft, measure the angle between the wing and oncoming air, providing a warning of low airspeed and potential for stall.streamlined procedures are part of an effort by FAA and the general aviation community to improve GA safety

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Beechcraft’s Hawker 400XPR upgrade program is ready to make its first three deliveries.    The Wichita, Kan.-based General Aviation (GA) manufacturer offers the factory designed upgrade package with several approved airframe modifications for avionics, engines and winglets.  According to Beechcraft, the first aircraft received a Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics system, while the second is receiving new engines, winglets and the Aircell ATG 2000 Wi-FI package. The third aircraft is receiving new engines, winglets and interior cabin upgrades…

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Beechcraft Ready to Deliver Upgraded Hawker 400XPRs

NetJets Set to Start China Bizav Operations

 NetJets this month expects to import its first two aircraft into China in anticipation of securing a Chinese air operators certificate (AOC) around the end of the first quarter of 2014. The U.S. fractional ownership provider will base a pair of its Hawker 800 midsized jets in China in order to be able to offer private charter services to local clients.

The main business model for Zhuhai-based NetJets-China Business Aviation Ltd. will be to provide aircraft management services. NetJets CEO Jordan Hansell told AIN that the first managed aircraft could follow soon after the AOC is issued. “One of the things that has made the Chinese government interested in us is that they can see that we’ve done it [aircraft management] elsewhere and that we’ll operate at a high standard,” he said. “It’s part of their five-year plan to develop this industry in the country and they seem to see that we can help to raise the standards there.”…

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Crane Gets Nod for SmartStem Tire Pressure System

 Crane Aerospace and Electronics has announced that its SmartStem wireless tire pressure system has been certified for use with Boeing 737NG aircraft. It is already approved for use with the Boeing 747-400, 777 and 787, and with numerous business jet types. The system comprises high-accuracy sensors that replace standard wheel fill stems, and a handheld reader that takes quick and accurate tire pressure readouts without gas loss. The ease and speed of use of the system promotes daily checks, with improved safety as a result, and an increase in tire life. The reader also stores data for longer-term tire health monitoring….

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