February 20, 2009
By Ian J. Twombly
Cutter Aviation accepted delivery recently of the last dealer-sold Bonanza from Hawker Beechcraft. The manufacturer said it decided to end its dealer network of what it calls the Executive Beechcraft line (Bonanza, Baron, and King Air C90) in order to maintain more control of the process.
The Bonanza delivery marked the end of a 63-year relationship between the FBO chain and Beechcraft. Cutter, which has locations throughout the Southwest, was continually one of the highest volume Beechcraft dealers.
The G36 Bonanza was painted yellow and black to match the first Bonanza that Cutter accepted delivery of in 1946. Even the N-number—N460YR or “for over 60 years”—was assigned to mark the occasion.
“Nearly two thousand Beechcraft aircraft passed through Cutter Aviation’s doors in the time we were a dealer and we thought it appropriate to mark the end of the tradition with this Bonanza” said Will Cutter, the company’s second-generation co-owner.
Although the event marked the end of Cutter as a dealer, the company said it will continue to provide service and sales of pre-owned Beechcraft.
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