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Pro Line Fusion-equipped Beechcraft King Air 250 awarded type certificate

Beechcraft has announced that it has received type certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the latest version of its new production Beechcraft King Air 250 turboprop, allowing deliveries to commence this quarter. The upgraded King Air is equipped with the Pro Line Fusion avionics system and new cabin enhancements. The aircraft is making its North American debut this week at the EAA Airventure in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

“We are pleased to put the upgraded King Air 250 in the hands of our customers so quickly after announcement two months ago,” said Christi Tannahill, senior vice president, Turboprop Aircraft and Interior Design, Textron Aviation. “This aircraft brings the latest technology to the cockpit and cabin allowing pilots and passengers alike to experience the Beechcraft King Air in a whole new way. EAA Airventure is a great venue for attendees to experience firsthand the investments we are making in this proven platform.”

Certification for the Pro Line Fusion-equipped King Air 350i/ER is expected to occur in the fourth quarter of this year, followed by the King Air C90GTx in the first half of 2016.

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Beechcraft King Air 250 now available with factory-installed payload increase

Oct. 20, 2014 – Beechcraft Corporation announced at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention & Exhibition that customers now can order a new Beechcraft King Air 250 with a factory-installed modification that increases the maximum takeoff weight from 12,500 pounds to 13,420 pounds, providing 1,025 pounds of payload with full fuel.

“This is an important upgrade that many of our King Air 250 owners have been asking for, especially our special mission operators who want more capacity to carry heavy equipment or operators who want more range with increased passengers and baggage,” said Christi Tannahill, senior vice president, Turboprop Aircraft. “Having the option to fill the King Air 250 with full fuel and still get more than 1,000 pounds of payload is a great addition to an airplane that has been exceptionally popular in every corner of the world.”

By increasing the King Air 250’s max ramp weight to 13,510 pounds, the enhanced payload modification takes the cabin payload with full fuel from the current 155 pounds to 1,025 pounds. King Air 250 aircraft with this option are certified in the commuter category, and includes the installation of safety systems such as engine fire extinguisher and illuminated escape path floor markings. A BE-200 type rating is required to operate airplanes in the commuter category. The modification, developed with CenTex Aerospace, Inc. of Waco, Texas, also is an aftermarket option for in-service King Air 250 aircraft and available through Textron Aviation’s factory-owned service centers.

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Beechcraft announces performance upgrades to King Air C90GTx

Beechcraft Corporation announced today at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention & Exhibition that beginning in Q4 2014, the latest model of the Beechcraft King Air C90GTx will offer new standard features that deliver shorter takeoff and landing distances, better handling characteristics and enhanced passenger experience.

“This is the latest in a long series of continuous enhancements we have introduced to the King Air 90 series. The new Beechcraft King Air C90GTx looks stunning on the ramp and performs like no other,” said Christi Tannahill, senior vice president, Turboprop Aircraft. “The most significant of the changes is shortening the takeoff distance by nearly 600 feet (182 meters), opening up more airports and getting our owners closer to their final destination.”

The increased takeoff, climb and landing performance resulted from the incorporation of Raisbeck Engineering’s performance enhancements consisting of swept-blade propellers and dual aft body strakes. The new King Air C90GTx features the Hartzell swept blade turbofan propeller with a 30-degree blade sweep and 96-inch diameter (6-inch increase over existing). The propeller provides more takeoff and climb thrust with less noise in the cockpit.

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ProAdvantage now Beechcraft King Air turboprops

Textron Aviation continues to identify best practices between Beechcraft Corporation and Cessna Aircraft Company since the integration of both companies began in March. As a result of that initiative, Beechcraft Corporation announced at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) it will begin offering ProAdvantage product support programs to the global Beechcraft King Air turboprop fleet.

“Latin America is one of the largest worldwide markets for the King Air turboprops and we wanted to make this announcement here at LABACE knowing the interest in the region would be strong,” said Brad Thress, senior vice president, Customer Service. “The Cessna support programs under the ProAdvantage umbrella have become the standard in our industry and extending those services to our Beechcraft products is another example of the customer benefits that flow from the combined strength under Textron Aviation.”

ProAdvantage is a legacy support solution, previously exclusively available for Cessna Citation customers, comprised of a number of programs providing life-cycle maintenance and spare part support for aircraft airframes and avionics, engines and, when applicable, auxiliary power units.

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Hawker Pacific & Bell sign regional sales support MoU

Hawker Pacific has signed a MoU with Bell Helicopter with the intent to enter into future purchase agreements for various Bell Helicopter models based on anticipated market growth.

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First Bell 412EPI sold in Australia

Following the recent, highly successful region-wide demonstration tour of the Bell 412EPI helicopter, Hawker Pacific has announced the inaugural sale of a 412EPI into Australia. The New South Wales Police Force will be the first Australian customer to take delivery of the latest model 412EPI.

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Singapore Airshow 2014

Hawker Pacific was present in force with several products it represents parked in the aircraft static park, including a GippsAero cGA-8 Airvan, Beechcraft King Air 250 and special mission-configured 350ER.

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Hawker Pacific MNL Gains Caravan Authorization

Hawker Pacific’s facility at Manila, Philippines (MNL) has been appointed as a Cessna Caravan authorized service center. 

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Hawker Pacific appointed as Cessna Caravan service facility

Hawker Pacific has been appointed as a Cessna Caravan authorised service facility at its Manila facility.Tony Jones, Hawker Pacific chief operating officer – Asia, confirms the appointment of Hawker Pacific as the OEM approved service centre. 

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Beechcraft Display at Singapore Airshow to Feature Range of Products (2)

Sydney-headquarter Hawker Pacific has a strong presence at this year’s Asian Aerospace, showcasing its diverse distributorships with a number of aircraft on static display. They include a Mahindra Aerospace GippsAero GA8 Airvan, Beechcraft King Air 250 and a Special Mission King Air 350ER. The presence of the Airvan and King Ari 250 is particualry well timed, as both aircraft are currently making regional demonstration tours.

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Hawker Pacific has been appointed as a Cessna Caravan Authorized Service Facility

Hawker Pacific has been appointed as a Cessna Caravan Authorized Service Facility at it’s Manila facility. Tony Jones, Hawker Pacific Chief Operating officer – Asia, said: “We’ve undergone factory training for our engineers and invested in necessary tooling and spares in order to meet the requirements of the local Caravan fleet and now we’re ready to go. 

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Hawker Pacific to support Cessna Caravans in the Philippines.

Hawker Pacific has been appointed as an authorised service facility provider in the Philippines for Cessna Caravan aircraft.

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Hawker Pacific to support Cessna Caravans in the Philippines

Hawker Pacific has been appointed as an authorised service facility provider in the Philippines for Cessna Caravan aircraft. It will provide support for the aircraft at its facility in Manila, where it now support Bell Helicopter models, says the aircraft sales and product support firm.

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Embraer announces full maintenance support agreement with Hawker Pacific.

Hawker Pacific will provide full maintenance support for Asia Pacific customers of the Embraer Legacy 500 and Legacy 450, after signing a contract with Embraer Executive Jets.

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Moving Up

Most piston-powered pilots have done it. Taxiing for departure, you find you’re Number Two behind a Pilatus PC-12 or Cessna Mustang and immediately start wondering where they’re going with all that power, payload and pressurization. And how hard it would actually be to make the transition from your Cessna 414 or Cirrus?

Australian Flying: March-April 2014 Page 38.

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Hawker Pacific signs MoU with Bell Helicopter

Hawker Pacific has signed a Memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Bell Helicopter with the intent to enter into future purchase agreements for various Bell helicopter models based on anticipated market growth. 

The deal reflects the overwhelming response to Bell Helicopter products by the market, and puts Hawker Pacific in a much stronger position to meet that demand.

eAOPA Australian ePilot Newsletter: 01 March 2014 Newsletter

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Embraer announces full maintenance support agreement with Hawker Pacific

Hawker Pacific will provide full maintenance support for Asia Pacific customers of the Embraer Legacy 500 and Legacy 450 after signing a contract with Embraer Executive Jets. 

The singing of the contract between the two companies is timely given that he Legacy 500 is due to enter Service in the first half of 2014, while the Legacy 450 is expected to obtain certification the following year.

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The Hon Andrew Robb AO MP speech: Check Against Delivery.

Hawker Pacific are here servicing a wide range of business, including a deal signed last year to service Embraer Executive Jets.

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Hawker Pacific signs MoU with Bell

Hawker Pacific, the leading aircraft sales and product support company in Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Bell Helicopter with the intent to enter into future purchase agreements for various Bell helicopter models based on anticipated market growth. 

The deal reflects the overwhelming response to Bell Helicopter products by the market, and puts Hawker Pacific in a much stronger position to meet that demand.

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Hawker Pacific busy at Singapore Show

Sydney headquartered Hawker Pacific was busy at the Singapore Air Show in a reflection of its expanding interests throughout the Asia-Pacific region. 

It announced it has sold the first example of a Gipps Aero GA8 Airvan to an unnamed buyer in Asia.

Asia Pacific Aerospace Report: 19 February 2014, Page 6, Vol. 15, No. 4.

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