Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) reports that it delivered the first G58 Baron and G36 Bonanza airplanes to customers in Europe. The Bonanza went to customers in the United Kingdom, and the Baron was sold to a customer in Poland. Both airplanes feature cockpits using Garmin’s G1000 avionics suite.
Brad Hatt, president of Hawker Beechcraft Commercial Aircraft, announced that the company has received an order for HBC’s Premier II business jet from Jordan’s RayaJet and Ayla Aviation Academy. The Premier II is a faster, longer-range, follow-on design to the Premier IA.
An HBC Hawker 4000 was delivered at the European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE) to golfer Sergio Garcia. Garcia has owned a Hawker 850XP for three years. The Hawker 4000 is HBC’s top-of-the-line business jet, with a maximum cruise speed of Mach 0.84, a Honeywell Epic avionics suite, and 6,900-lb thrust Pratt & Whitney PW308A engines.
HBC also announced the expansion of its global service network at EBACE. Germany’s Aerodata AG, based at Brauschweig Airport, is 110 nm from Berlin, and is a leading source of flight inspection and special mission systems. Saudi Arabia’s Arabian Aircraft Service Company (ARABASCO) is another new authorized service center, based at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah. ARABASCO will support the Hawker 800 series and plans to add the Hawker 900XP in the near future. This is the first authorized service center for Hawker jets in Saudi Arabia.
Finally, former astronaut Robert “Hoot” Gibson set a speed record at EBACE by flying a Premier IA from HBC international headquarters in Chester, England, to Geneva in 1 hour, 13 minutes, and 30 seconds. The 627-sm trip averaged 511.9 mph, or about 445 knots. HBC advertises the Premier IA as the world’s fastest single-pilot business jet, with a maximum cruise speed of 451 knots.