July 29, 2010
By Alton K. Marsh
Hawker Beechcraft now includes as standard equipment Garmin’s synthetic vision technology on its piston-engine Beechcraft Baron and Bonanza aircraft. The upgraded offerings will be introduced on production aircraft beginning in August. Synthetic vision is also available as a retrofit to WAAS-equipped G1000 aircraft in August through factory-owned service centers.
In other Hawker news, the company received certification for its Beechcraft Baron G58 and Beechcraft Bonanza G36 aircraft from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). Both aircraft were approved by the CAAC on June 21. The first Bonanza in the region, which is scheduled to be delivered in third quarter 2010, will be based in Shandong Province in northern China.
“The market in China for our entire lineup of aircraft continues to expand, especially as the growing customer base in the region becomes more familiar with the range and capabilities represented by our family of products,” said Justin Firestone, HBC president for the Asia-Pacific region. “With exceptional records of performance, durability, and economy, the Baron and Bonanza provide another level of affordable and practical transportation to both businesses and individuals.”
The Baron and Bonanza add to the growing list of CAAC-certified HBC aircraft, which includes the Hawker 4000, Hawker 900XP, Hawker 850XP, Hawker 800XP, Beechjet 400A, Beechcraft Premier IA, Beechcraft King Air 350, and King Air C90GTi.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
Nextant Aerospace, adding a remanufactured King Air to its remanufactured Hawker 400 offering, says the King Air (Nextant G90XT) will fly early next year.
Greg Pecoraro, AOPA vice president of airports and state advocacy, brought Indiana aviation community members up to date on the association’s initiatives.
Elbit Systems has upgraded infrared systems that see through darkness and weather for nearly visual landings and takeoffs, as well as taxi operations.
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