January 28, 2010
By Ian J. Twombly
If you buy a new Hawker Beechcraft propeller-driven airplane in the next five years, pushing you through the air will be a Hartzell propeller. Hartzell recently signed an exclusive agreement with Hawker Beechcraft to supply its entire line of commercial piston and turboprop aircraft with constant-speed propellers.
Hartzell has been supplying the various Beechcraft-related companies since 1934, but according to the Piqua, Ohio-based manufacturer, this agreement builds on its status of sole supplier of Bonanzas, Barons, and King Airs. Hawker Beechcraft’s T-6 military trainer is not included in the deal.
Hartzell was awarded Hawker Beechcraft’s Performance Promise Champion for Customer award for its continual provision of excellent service, support, and on-time delivery last year, Hartzell said.
Flight Training Editor Ian J. Twombly joined AOPA in 2003 and is an instrument flight instructor.
A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.
AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.
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