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.
Pro Line Fusion for the King Air brings one of the most trusted avionics architectures to the first full touchscreen flight display system. The new avionics system changes how operators aviate, navigate and communicate through a one-of-a-kind intuitive flight deck interface. Its three 14-inch displays are interchangeable, high-resolution and cursor controlled. Other performance-enhancing capabilities include:
- Integrated touchscreen checklists
- Intuitive graphical touchscreen flight planning
- High-resolution SVS with patented airport dome graphics
- Convenient presets to reconfigure all three displays with a single touch
- Full multi-sensor flight management system
- Available automatic wireless database and chart uploads
- Open and scalable architecture for future upgrades and mandates
In addition to the avionics, the company has made enhancements to the King Air’s cabin technologies, which offer an improved and connected passenger experience. The personal device-centric cabin includes international or domestic Wi-Fi as standard on the King Air 350i and King Air 250 aircraft and optional on the King Air C90GTx, allowing customers to stay connected on the ground and in the air. Also standard on all three models will be electronically dimmable window shades, offering a simple interface that provides clearer views and darker shading at the touch of a button.
Sydney — August 7, 2015 — Hawker Pacific Pty Ltd and Aeromil Pacific Pty Ltd, today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Hawker Pacific has acquired Aeromil Pacific for an undisclosed amount.
Aeromil Pacific, established in 1980, is one of the largest and most successful privately owned and operated aviation organisations in the region specialising in new Cessna aircraft sales, pre-owned aircraft sales, aircraft maintenance, parts support, aircraft management, charter services, and pilot training.
The addition of Aeromil’s operations to Hawker Pacific, creates a regional powerhouse in aircraft sales, aircraft support and aviation services. The combined business will also benefit from an enhanced product portfolio, providing access to the range of Textron’s iconic products such as Beechcraft, Cessna and Bell Helicopter under one roof.
Hawker Pacific’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Alan Smith, said, "We are delighted to announce the acquisition of Aeromil Pacific, which will entrench Hawker Pacific as the region’s leading integrated aviation solutions provider. The acquisition will significantly strengthen our capabilities in aircraft support and servicing, as well as round out our product portfolio with the addition of Cessna Aircraft Sales, Spares Support and Authorised Citation Service Centre. Aeromil’s reputation for quality service and maintenance, their exemplary representation of Cessna in the region and their aircraft management and support services, are an ideal strategic fit for our business.”
"In addition, I am very pleased that Steve Padgett (Aeromil Pacific’s Principal) will be joining Hawker Pacific as Deputy Chairman, Hawker Pacific Australia. Steve recognizes the importance of placing a high priority on customer service and innovative marketing and will oversee the sales drive of Cessna within Australian and New Zealand; continuing his close relationships with the group going forward.”
Steve Padgett, said, “Hawker Pacific’s acquisition of our company is a testament to the tremendous value our team has created over past years. Our companies have a shared commitment to providing innovative and high quality products and exceptional service to customers. I am confident that under the stewardship of Hawker Pacific, aircraft owners and operators will continue to benefit from the personal and dedicated approach our staff have displayed in the past”.
Mr. Padgett will continue his positions as Chairman of Alliance Aviation Services, Director and Life Member of the Regional Aviation Association of Australia, Chairman of the Australian Aviation Hall of Fame and a member of the Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) National Council.
The acquisition positions Hawker Pacific to capitalise on the substantial growth of aviation services throughout the Asia Pacific region whilst boosting the quality of service provided by both organisations.