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Hawker Pacific, Air Niugini and Aviation Australia launch joint training venture

Hawker Pacific, Aviation Australia and Air Niugini have collectively launched in Cairns a new engineering cadet training partnership set to develop the aviation sector.

The exciting new training programme offered will allow graduates to attain specialised “on the job” training within an actual live aircraft maintenance facility which is a first for Cairns and this program. In the past this type of training was conducted in a simulated training environment. This new form of training is world class cutting edge training.  

The training partnership between the leading aviation training organisation, Aviation Australia, international maintenance repair organisation, Hawker Pacific, and the national carrier for Papua New Guinea, Air Niugini was formally launched at an official contract signing ceremony with all parties present.

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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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Hawker Pacific Shangai - first MRO in Mainland China approved for Isle of Man registered aircraft

Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre is pleased to announce it has received approval to perform maintenance on aircraft registered with the Isle of Man. This is the first approval by the Isle of Man Government for any MRO in Mainland China.

“This approval will allow the MRO to service the increased fleet of Isle of Man Aircraft that we see throughout Asia,” says General Manager Carey Matthews.  

“It is a compelling registry for many owners in the region, and this MRO approval will play an instrumental role in the expanding service infrastructure evolving in China.”  

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Hawker Pacific Touching Down at Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show

Hawker Pacific, the leading aircraft sales and product support company in Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East has announced its attendance at the 2015 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show May 21-24.  

Hawker Pacific has confirmed it will be showcasing a Bell 407GX helicopter at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show; globally recognised as the Southern Hemisphere’s premier marine event.  

As the exclusive representative of Bell Helicopter, Beechcraft and Diamond Aircraft in the region, Hawker Pacific will be attending the event to demonstrate their expertise as the leading aircraft sales and support company in Asia Pacific.  

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Hawker Pacific Touching Down at Sanctuary Come International Boat Show

Hawker Pacific, the leading aircraft sales and product support company in Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East has announced its attendance at the 2015 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show May 21-24.  

Hawker Pacific has confirmed it will be showcasing a Bell 407GX helicopter at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show; globally recognised as the Southern Hemisphere’s premier marine event.  

As the exclusive representative of Bell Helicopter, Beechcraft and Diamond Aircraft in the region, Hawker Pacific will be attending the event to demonstrate their expertise as the leading aircraft sales and support company in Asia Pacific.  

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Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre Celebrates Five Year Anniversary

Shanghai Hawker Pacific is celebrating five years in business this month. The facility was formally dedicated in April 2010. The Joint Venture between Shanghai Airport Authority and Hawker Pacific was the result of discussions dating back to 2002 between the two companies. It resulted in the world class FBO and MRO located at Hongqiao International Airport which opened after construction began in 2008.   

Since opening, the FBO has handled more than 19,000 business aviation movements at both Hongqiao and Pudong International Airports in Shanghai. They expect to go over the 20,000 mark this summer.  

Additionally, the Joint Venture has the distinction of having opened the first MRO for business aviation in China in the fall of 2011. They represent Bombardier, Cessna, Dassault, and Hawker-Beechcraft as a service centre.  

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Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre Hosts ABACE for Four Consecutive Years

For the fourth year running, Shanghai Hawker Pacific is playing host to ABACE, the Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition. The annual event was hosted at the facility for the first time in March 2012 and has continued the show at the facility every year since.  

“We are proud to play host to the event,” commented George Lu, the Deputy General Manager for the company. “ABACE has been vital for bringing business aviation to life in Asia and we think it particularly helps Shanghai as being seen as a hub for business aviation.”  

“Construction for the show requires several weeks of lead time, and NBAA, Hongqiao Airport, and Shanghai Hawker Pacific have to all work closely together to coordinate and make the show happen. We normally don’t have general aviation aircraft or helicopters at the airport as well, so we have the element of coordination with ATC and the CAAC to help get approvals for the planes to get here. In the end, it all comes together and we are very proud of the caliber of the show and the importance it plays for business aviation in Asia,” Lu continued.  

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Flying Doctors Cairns Base welcomes new aircraft

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Hawker Pacific donation means better medical equipment for the Flying Doctor

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Hawker Pacific announces the first Australia order for two new Beechcraft King Air 350C Heavy Weight aircraft

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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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Hawker Pacific announces the first Diamond DA42-VI aircraft to tour Australia and New Zealand

Hawker Pacific, the leading aircraft sales and product support company in Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East has today announced a demonstration tour of the new Diamond DA42-VI aircraft. Arriving in Australia this week from the Diamond Aircraft factory in Austria, the aircraft will travel around Australia and New Zealand throughout October and November where it will be demonstrated to potential buyers. The DA42-VI features increased performance and payload, a sleekly designed and improved airframe, new propellers and strengthened landing gear.  

Hawker Pacific’s Vice President, Aircraft Sales, Nick Jones said, “the Diamond DA42-VI has a number of features that set it apart from the DA42-NG. In particular, the 100 kg payload increase and the enhanced aerodynamics of the airframe, along with strengthened landing gear to accommodate it. This, combined with its improved performance, comfort and, of course, the extremely low operating cost, makes the DA42-VI a suitable choice for both private flying and flight training.”  

“The aircraft’s extended range, long endurance, advanced avionics and the astoundingly low fuel consumption of the Jet-A1-powered engine means you’ll have everything you need, and more, whatever your mission.”  

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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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Gippsaro GA8 Airvan to Embark on Extended Asia-Pacific Tour

Hawker Pacific, leading aircraft sales and product support company in Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East, is set to tour a Gippsaero GA8 Airvan through South East Asia for a second time, in response to the huge demand seen during last year’s tour.

The aircraft will visit various locations across the region, including Palawan, Cebu, Cavaos and Manila, where it will be demonstrated to potential buyers.

“There was phenomenal interest in the GA8 during last year’s tour and we are very pleased to bring it back to those who missed out. Operators in this part of the world understand that the features of the GA8 are perfectly suited to the region. It’s a rugged, durable and flexible aircraft that works very well under tough conditions,” said Tony Jones, Chief Operating Officer, Asia, Hawker Pacific.

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Hawker Pacific Kicks of Regional King Air 350i Tour

Hawker Pacific, leading aircraft sales and product support company in Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East, has commenced a demonstration tour of a Beechcraft King Air 350i aircraft across the Asia-Pacific region.

Arriving in the region this month, the aircraft will visit New Zealand, followed by Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia in June, after which it will continue to tour through Asia.

Tony Jones, Hawker Pacific’s Chief Operating Officer, Asia said: “We are very excited to show this aircraft to operators throughout the region. The King Air is one of the best-selling business aircraft in the world and this tour has unsurprisingly sparked a lot of enthusiasm amongst our customers.”

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Hawker Pacific to Showcase Bell 505 Jet Ranger X at RotorTech 2014

Hawker Pacific, the leading aircraft sales and product support company in Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East is thrilled to be hosting the only Australian presentation of the recently launched Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. A mock-up of the aircraft will be on display at the inaugural RotorTech 2014 exhibition, providing Australian operators with a unique opportunity to observe the aircraft up close and learn about its exciting features and class leading capabilities.

Tony Jones, Hawker Pacific’s Chief Operating Officer, Asia said: "We are very excited to introduce the all new, next generation Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to the Australian market. The aircraft boasts unique multi-mission capabilities and best in class cabin volume previously unseen in the short-light-single class. We look forward to showing our customers just how impressive this aircraft is."

Hawker Pacific is also proud to be the Gold Sponsor of RotorTech 2014, organised by the Australian Helicopter Industry Association (AHIA). The company will host attendees at welcome function on the evening of Friday the 23rd of May, and the Gala dinner on Saturday the 24th of May.

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Hawker Pacific to Showcase Bell 505 Jet Ranger X at RotorTech 2014

Hawker Pacific, the leading aircraft sales and product support company in Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East is thrilled to be hosting the only Australian presentation of the recently launched Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. A mock-up of the aircraft will be on display at the inaugural RotorTech 2014 exhibition, providing Australian operators with a unique opportunity to observe the aircraft up close and learn about its exciting features and class leading capabilities.

Tony Jones, Hawker Pacific’s Chief Operating Officer, Asia said: "We are very excited to introduce the all new, next generation Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to the Australian market. The aircraft boasts unique multi-mission capabilities and best in class cabin volume previously unseen in the short-light-single class. We look forward to showing our customers just how impressive this aircraft is."

Hawker Pacific is also proud to be the Gold Sponsor of RotorTech 2014, organised by the Australian Helicopter Industry Association (AHIA). The company will host attendees at welcome function on the evening of Friday the 23rd of May, and the Gala dinner on Saturday the 24th of May.

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Hawker Pacific Brokers Deal for 10 Bell 525 Relentless Aircraft

Hawker Pacific, the leading aircraft sales and product support company in Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East and Bell Helicopter’s Independent Representative for Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and the UAE, has brokered a deal between Bell Helicopter and Abu Dhabi Aviation for 10 Bell 525 Relentless aircraft. A Letter Of Intent was signed between the two companies marking the first foray of the Relentless into the Middle East.

Paul Giles, Hawker Pacific Chief Operating Officer – Middle East said: “This deal is a testament to the strength of our relationship with Abu Dhabi Aviation – one that is founded on trust and results. Hawker Pacific and Abu Dhabi Aviation have been doing business together for many years and we understand Abu Dhabi Aviation’s needs on a fundamental level.”

“The addition of the extremely capable Bell 525 Relentless will complement Abu Dhabi Aviation’s existing fleet of more than 38 Bell aircraft, including the ever-popular Bell 412 and 212. The Relentless is an incredibly versatile aircraft that will be able to provide maximum value to Abu Dhabi Aviation’s missions – including offshore, emergency medical, VIP, fire fighting and search and rescue.”

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Team 21 Submits Bid for Future Australia Pilot Training System

CANBERRA, Australia, 3 April 2014 – Lockheed Martin Australia and Pilatus Aircraft, supported by Hawker Pacific, have jointly launched a bid to provide a new pilot training system for the Australian Defence Force.

The consortium, known as Team 21, submitted its proposal for the AIR 5428 Pilot Training System on March 31st. Under the proposal, Australian Defence Force pilots will graduate from a proven training system tailored to Australian requirements.

The companies in this team are currently in the eighth year of a 20-year performance-based flight training contract to provide the Basic Wings Course (BWC) to the Republic of Singapore Air Force, at Royal Australian Air Force Base Pearce in Western Australia

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