November 16, 2010
By Alton K. Marsh
Production of the Hawker 400 XP light business jet is suspended for the next two years due to the economy. Bill Boisture, the CEO of Hawker Beechcraft, said the market will remain depressed for 12 to 24 months.
Boisture made the announcement during a conference call with industry analysts. He also confirmed that Hawker Beechcraft has an offer from Louisiana to move most of its manufacturing facilities there. However, he said the company is still evaluating the offer and will announce a decision in coming months. The current union contract runs out in August of 2011.
There was also an offer from Kansas to keep manufacturing in Wichita, but that depended on approval by the union. The union rejected the deal a few weeks ago. Boisture said he has no plans to reopen talks with the union.
The FAA has asked the National Transportation Safety Board to review a judge’s ruling reversing a fine it levied in an unmanned-aircraft case.
The Tucson Soaring Club is trying to grow the sport by training the next generation of glider pilots.
Able Flight has received and $8,000 check from the AOPA Foundation.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.