June 17, 2009
By Thomas A. Horne
Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) now sells its 451-knot Premier IA light business twinjet with free maintenance for five years or 1,000 hours—whichever comes first. The zero-cost maintenance deal is available until September 30.
Hawker Beechcraft has also begun a Safety Management System (SMS), a program of continuous improvement in personal, product, and process safety. This includes changes in corporate policy, procedures, and practices. HBC’s safety initiatives ratcheted up a year ago with the company’s forming a Safety Management Team designed to formulate company-wide safety processes.
By forming its SMS, HBC is among the first to prepare for a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) directive to implement SMSs as preconditions for doing business in Europe. There is a 2013 deadline for establishing these SMSs.
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne has worked at AOPA since the early 1980s. He began flying in 1975 and has an airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates. He’s flown everything from ultralights to Gulfstreams and ferried numerous piston airplanes across the Atlantic.
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