June 18, 2012
By Alton K. Marsh
The Wichita Eagle has received an April court document from the bankruptcy filing of Hawker Beechcraft detailing its options for reorganizing. The company has previously indicated that an option to take bids and sell the company was just a routine formality, although the bids have been received by the bankruptcy court but are undisclosed.
All three options for a reorganized, and still independent, Hawker Beechcraft call for keeping the military aircraft (King Airs and the T-6 Texan II trainer/ground attack aircraft) and piston aircraft, along with the commercial King Air line. None of the plans as reported by the The Wichita Eagle’s Molly McMillan would keep the Premiere or its upgraded cousin, the Hawker 200. The 200 was shown as a mockup last year during the National Business Aviation Association convention in Las Vegas.
One option takes Hawker Beechcraft out of the jet market altogether, while two options eliminate the Hawker 4000. The venerable $700,000 Bonanza, developed in the late 1940s, and the $1.2 million Baron both survive under all scenarios.
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Fourteen hours and four minutes after departing Cincinnati, Solar Impulse landed at Washington Dulles International Airport. The aircraft landed at 12:15 a.m. Eastern June 16.
Chris Lawler, AOPA's Flying Club manager, explains what makes a 501(c)(3) a tax-exempt charitable organization; what makes a 501(c)(7) a social organization; and what advantages a flying club may receive by organizing as a tax-exempt organization.
A single thunderstorm can contain almost every weather-related hazard to pilots--high winds, limited visibility, hail, microbursts, and icing just to name a few. The Air Safety Institute just completed Storm Week, its weeklong education campaign to raise awareness of thunderstorms. Now is the perfect time to hold a club safety seminar and utilize the many ASI tools to help understand how ATC and weather briefers can steer you clear of the storms or help pilots make the decision to stay on the ground.