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Beechcraft plans more piston, turboprop offerings after bankruptcy

30-10-2012

The National Business Aviation Association’s annual conference kicked off in Orlando this week with major announcements from several general aviation manufacturers. A packed press briefing from Hawker Beechcraft lasted an hour, giving new details on what the new company, Beechcraft Corp., might look like after bankruptcy. The company is exploring what to do with its line of jets, and has not produced any jets in several months. Options include selling the jet production lines, or just the type certificates, to another company. Hawker is also talking with a group of jet owners who are interested in taking over the jet division, similar to what happened at Eclipse Aerospace. If the bankruptcy court approves its plans, Beechcraft would develop new models in its Baron twin-engine piston line and in its King Air turboprop line. It may even explore a single-engine turboprop that would compete with aircraft like the Pilatus PC-12 and Socata’s TBM line.

http://www.kansas.com/2012/10/29/2549354/hawker-briefs-nbaa-crowd-on-post.html

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