February 18, 2011
By Alton K. Marsh
Hawker Beechcraft 2010 results show net sales declined $393.8 million from 2009, to $2.8 billion. The company said the decrease resulted from lower business and general aviation deliveries.
The company reported that it delivered 238 business and general aviation aircraft, compared to 309 during the same period in 2009. The 2009 results included 29 special mission King Air aircraft delivered under the U.S. government’s Project Liberty Phase I program, which are reported as part of the business and general aviation (B&GA) segment. Increased revenue in the Trainer/Attack Aircraft and Customer Support segments partially offset the decline in that segment.
The backlog of orders at the end of 2010 was $1.4 billion, compared to $1.9 billion on Sept. 30. Approximately 28 percent of the backlog represented orders that are not expected to be delivered in 2011. The backlog also includes significant orders from the U.S. government.
Environmental groups are asking the EPA to take another look at avgas even as a government-industry program moves closer to finding unleaded alternatives.
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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