Hawker Beechcraft: Bonanzas To Jets

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Hawker Beechcraft's exhibits at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 helps remind pilots and prospective customers of the company's long tradition in general aviation and the opportunities its products hold for stepping up to turboprops and jets. The company brought six aircraft on display at the show, including a Bonanza G36, Baron G58, King Air C90GTi, King Air B200GT, Beechcraft Premier IA and a Hawker 400XP. Never a company to get far from its roots, the American Bonanza Society's tent, featuring a vintage Bonanza A36, is nearby and Hawker Beechcraft made certain to provide partial sponsorship of the annual Bonanzas to Oshkosh (B2OSH) mass arrival.

During AirVenture, Hawker Beechcraft also announced it is offering extended warranties on Garmin G1000-equipped Bonanzas and Barons as an aftermarket option for delivered aircraft. The transferable warranty provides an additional three years of coverage, extending factory coverage to five years. Meanwhile, Hawker Beechcraft also said it is completing the sale seven of its fixed-base operation (FBO) locations to BA Aviation Signature Flight Support's parent company. The sale, first announced earlier this year, includes fuel and line operations at seven domestic U.S. locations: Atlanta, GA; Houston and San Antonio, TX; Indianapolis, IN; Tampa, FL; Wichita, KS; and Van Nuys, CA. Of these, six have been transferred to BBA; with the company expecting final sale of its Van Nuys facility shortly, once the necessary regulatory approvals have been received.