Hawker Beechcraft

Get Your Hands on a Luxury Workhorse: The Hawker Beechcraft 4000

The Hawker Beechcraft 4000 is one of the top super-midsize business jets available in terms of comfort and versatility. According to a Flying magazine article, the Hawker 4000 has a great cabin size with enough room to stand. The featured 2010 model features executive seating for up to nine passengers configured with four forward club chairs and an aft three-seat berthable divan opposite two additional club chairs. All of the seating is richly appointed in Garrett grazed mercury leather.

To complement the seating, the cabin also features

  • an Airshow 4000 audio and video entertainment system,
  • eight LCD passenger service units, and
  • six Rosen screens.

The forward galley is equipped with a microwave and nicely appointed with high-gloss Wenge woodwork.

Inside the cockpit

Inside the spacious cockpit, pilots will find the Honeywell Primus radio system, an integrated navigation and communication system. Combined with the Primus EPIC Autopilot, this software-based system provides pilots with complete control over communication, navigation, and surveillance. There is also cockpit floor storage and a cockpit observer chair with additional dedicated storage.

An engine built to last

The Pratt and Whitney 308A engines offer several features, including high durability, which complements the rugged nature of this plane. The engines also have increased safety features and high reliability, so it’s no wonder this plane is top of the line.

The auxiliary power unit is covered by Honeywell’s flexible service plan, Maintenance Service Program Gold, and the engines are covered by Pratt and Whitney Eagle Service Plan Gold. These extended coverage programs allow for routine periodic inspection and other features such as removal and transportation of engines if necessary.

If you or your organization is in the market for a new jet, the Hawker Beechcraft 4000 offers upscale luxury and built-in reliability. From the well-appointed cabin to the fully functional cockpit and workhorse engines, you can’t go wrong with this super-midsize jet.

Contact L & L International if you need assistance in purchasing or selling a private jet.
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Hawker Beechcraft 800XP Is Still a Popular Choice

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The Hawker Beechcraft 800XP is a midsize, low-winged, twin-engine corporate jet aircraft originally developed by British Aerospace and assembled by Hawker Beechcraft. As explained by Aerospace Technology, it was derived from the design of the U.K.-built de Havilland and evolved into the 800 series in the 1990s. Over 275 Hawker 800s were built until the 800XP arrived on the scene in 1995.

Hawker Beechcraft 800XP

The Hawker 800XP is an all-metal construction with low, one-piece wings; a high tailplane; and rear-mounted engines. Widely acclaimed as one of the most successful private jets ever made by British Aerospace, the cabin of the 800XP is typically configured with eight fully adjustable seats that swivel 360 degrees. The cabin measures 21.3 feet long with 5.7 feet of headroom and is 6 feet wide. The in-flight accessible baggage compartment holds 48 cubic feet of luggage.

Equipped with twin engines capable of delivering 4,660 pounds of thrust, the Hawker 800XP can climb to 37,000 feet in 20 minutes. Its high-cruising speed is 465 knots. If needed, it can fly up to 41,000 feet to avoid weather or traffic.

One of the 800XP’s best features is its ability to take advantage of runways that are shorter than typically required by private jets. At sea level, just 5,032 feet of runway is needed. The Hawker’s maximum range is 2,540 nautical miles, which means Los Angeles to New York is possible — as is Beijing to Singapore.

The combination of better runway performance and increased payload means greater flexibility in non-standard conditions. Striking a nice balance between fuel economy, cruise performance, and takeoff distance, the Hawker Beechcraft 800XP is a reliably strong contender when it’s time to purchase a private jet.

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Florida Governor Not A Friend To State Owned Business Jets

The new Florida governor is keeping a promise to residents of Florida and is selling off the private jets owned by the state. The newly elected Rick Scott has directed his staff to liquidate the two business jets owned, a 2000 Beechcraft King Air 350, and a 2003 Cessna Bravo. This is seen as a political move that will obviously be seen as a way for the state to cut back on costs and will add to the difficulties faced by the business aviation industry to not be seen as a perk business for others. Florida’s governor stated:

“The privilege of using a state-owned aircraft is an unnecessary burden to taxpayers, especially when lower-cost travel options exist.”

An interesting understory to the issue is that the governor used his own private aircraft during the campaign trail to be elected to the governor’s spot. According to the Florida Aviation Trade Association executive director, Paula Raeburn, the governor knows about the benefits of using the business aircraft as a business tool as she stated:

“Scott used his own corporate aircraft extensively during his campaign, so he knows what a resource and business tool an aircraft is.”

The business aircraft will be sold at auction on February 9, and experts are believing that the bids on the aircraft will begin at about $2M. The average of the cost of the aircraft is about 2.75M according to reports. It will be interesting to note if the new governor will use his own aircraft and bill the state for its use or asked to be reimbursed for the use of his own aircraft.

China Business Increase Good News For Corporate Jets

The Chinese business industry is continuing it meteoric rise and the numbers coming from China related to its business market can be staggering. This is good news for the likes of business jet sellers all over the world. The demand for business jets in the country are rising as fast as the business market itself. Recently in the world of business aviation it was announced that the trend continues. David Tang, the attorney and business aviation consultant for Minsheng Financial Leasing has announced the intention of the company to increase its fleet and its intent to purchase more jets for its fleet. At the end of the year in 2010, Minsheng Financial has placed orders of 17 business jets.

The jets that have been ordered include Gulfstream, Hawker Beechcraft, Cessna and Dassault Falcon. It is unclear what numbers are associated with each company however the company has already taken delivery of a Gulfstream 450. The company was formed under backing from a couple financial institutions in April 2008. The company is seeing its future rise and the needs for its business aircraft is increasing as well. This is indicative of the market in China and we will see many new companies formed and their needs for corporate jets rise throughout the coming years. My friends in China or those doing business with the country are all trying to keep up with demand. Business jet sellers and buyers might look to the country as a place to do further business.

Private Jet Use Up For The Holidays As Prices Slightly Decrease in U.S.

There has been a jump in the use of private jets in charter flights this holiday season according to reports. Charter flights are being booked at a higher rate. The prices for charter jet prices seems to be decreasing somewhat in the US and increasing in Europe. AIN reported the following numbers from Avinode:

An early takeoff for seasonal holiday-driven traffic provoked a steep spike in demand for private charter flights. According to the latest forward-looking index from online charter portal Avinode, projected demand for this month was more than 75 points up on the November 1 level at 167.35. The December 1 index was almost 80 points above that recorded on the same day last year. There was more continuity in Avinode’s price index, which shows rates marginally up globally and in Europe, and very slightly down in the U.S. market. In North America, the average flight hour price for a Cessna Citation Excel stood at €2,428 ($3,180); Hawker 800, €2,530 ($3,314); and Challenger 604, €3,753 ($4,916). In international markets, the average rates for these types were €2,749 ($3,601), €3,260 ($4,270) and €4,836 ($6,335), respectively.

This is a bit of good news for those in the charter business and those wanting to get home for the holidays and traveling safely and in style for the holiday season.

Honeywell Provides Good News to Business Aviation Industry

Don’t get too excited about a quick recovery as the recovery is not set for another year according to Honeywell, the avionics, equipment and engine manufacturer.  The report that Honeywell is reporting on indicates that there should be one more year of an economic slide in store for the business aviation industry in 2011, with the rebound recovery and growth occurring in 2012. Rob Wilson the President for Business and General Aviation for Honeywell states:

“I think the downturn in 2009 demonstrated for all of us that nothing is really firm in an economic calamity as we saw, but that said, we are seeing a lot less volatility in that order book, a lot more stability and more of a sense of continuity.”

The report indicates that Honeywell predicts deliveries of between 675 and 700 new business jets for this year in 2010 which happens to the the lowest total since 2004.  They predict that in 2011 another year of less than 700 deliveries will be the case.

AIN reported on some of the numbers of the report:

Based on the results of the survey, Honeywell sees a slow but steady change in aircraft category demand over the next five years. Through 2015, medium to large aircraft such as the Bombardier Challenger 605, Dassault Falcon 7X, Cessna’s Citation X and Embraer’s growing Legacy family will account for 32 percent of the projected purchases, while light and medium business jets including new designs like Bombardier’s Learjet 85, the Gulfstream G250, Embraer’s Phenom 300 and Cessna’s CJ4 will make up approximately 22 percent. Long-range and ultra-long range aircraft such as the new Gulfstream G650 and Bombardier’s Global family will garner 21 percent. Those longer-range aircraft will constitute nearly 50 percent of the delivery dollar value over that same period. Very light jets will constitute the remaining 25 percent of demand but equate to only five percent of the retail shipment value. While the personal jet segment is not a part of the survey, the forecast calls for deliveries over the next 10 years of 500 to 1,000 of the aircraft such as the still-developing PiperJet and the slowly developing Cirrus Vision.

The report from Honeywell in the past has not been the most accurate and in fact that have missed the numbers considerably over the last few years, but this is some good news forecast for our industry.

Hawker Beechcraft Causing Problems In Kansas

Companies all over are trying to position themselves to stay competitive in the current economic troubles.  They are looking for any competitive advantage they can find including seeking incentives from the federal government or any extra help available.  Apparently, Hawker Beechcraft is also looking for these advantages and it is creating a stir in the State of Kansas and with the machinist union workers at their current facility.

It is reported that Hawker Beechcraft has been offered some incentives from the Federal Government to move their operations from their current home in Wichita, Kansas to Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  This is being offered to the Hawker Beechcraft company to allow for growth and recovery of the gulf coast following Hurricane Katrina.

The problem is that with the assistance of the gulf coast it hurts those families and others in the State of Kansas.  It is reported that the Governor of  Kansas is trying to recover and keep those jobs in Kansas.  It is also hurting the current negotiations with the current contract at Hawker Beechcraft and the machinist union workers.  This is a struggle that many companies face but is hitting home here in the business aviation industry.  We will continue to review the situation with some of the business aviation industry leaders like the Hawker Beechcraft company and the events as the unfold with workers and the State of Kansas.

Layoffs At Hawker Beechcraft in Spite of Pockets of Growth

The doom and gloom of the economy and the business aviation industry seems to only get worse as we hear of other problems with Hawker Beechcraft and their latest news of layoffs as stated by AIN:

“While there are pockets of growth in the global economy, the market for new production aircraft has stagnated at a very low level,” Hawker Beechcraft chairman and CEO Bill Boisture said in a memo to employees on Friday. In the letter, he said the company plans to “reduce the size of our salaried (non-hourly) work force by approximately 350.”

The report went on to state that this does not involve possibly involving union workers it may soon include them:

Although this latest round of layoffs does not affect hourly union workers, Boisture made it clear that future reductions in force might do so. “While we do not see a large-scale layoff of hourly employees at this time, small reductions or short furloughs may be required to modulate production line output in an attempt to reduce unsold aircraft inventory.”

Hawker is currently in talks to renew its contract with union workers and they are currently negotiating that contract.  Apparently the current contract has one more year left, and union officials are expecting that Hawker is going to provide them with a contract to vote upon by October 9, next week.  This is going to be an up or down vote for the union and there will either be an acceptance or a rejection of the offer and there will not be a strike as part of the process.

Talon Air Inc. Adds New Hawker 4000 To Its Fleet

Talon Air is adding to its fleet of private jets by purchasing a new Hawker 4000 super midsized jet from Hawker Beechcraft Corporation.  The release of June 8, 2010 indicates:

Talon Air Inc., a global leader in private jet charter and aircraft management, announced today that it has purchased a new Hawker 4000 super-mid size business jet from Hawker Beechcraft Corporation. The addition of this brand new Hawker 4000 private jet aircraft is part of the company’s continued expansion to serve its charter clients. With six Hawker 4000s based at Talon Air’s new 100,000-square-foot private aircraft facility located at New York’s Republic Airport (FRG), Talon remains the fleet leader and has the largest fleet of Hawker 4000 business jets in the world. The new aircraft will help Talon meet the overwhelming customer demand for this aircraft and offer a depth of products that are the most requested in the industry.

The Hawker 4000 is more fully described as:

This private jet is the most advanced and luxurious super-midsize business jet in the world. With its unique composite fuselage the aircraft boasts a six-foot high stand-up cabin from front to back offering the largest cabin in its class. The Hawker 4000 serves as the indispensable business tool, getting charter clients where they need to be with convenience, luxury and peace of mind. Hawker Beechcraft has designed a quiet, comfortable environment ideally suited for working or relaxing.

Of note is the ability for the hawker 4000 to be available to otherwise unreachable airports in places where private jets may frequent but cannot accommodate larger aircraft:

With a 99% dispatch reliability, this private jet stands above the rest of the super mid size business jets such as the Gulfstream 200 and Challenger 300. Its performance has allowed Talon Air to operate from airports that typically can not accommodate aircraft of this size. The Hawker 4000 has opened airports with short runways to Talon’s clients such as Ocean Reef, Florida (4500 feet), Hilton Head, South Carolina (4300 feet) and East Hampton, New York (4255 feet).

The President and CEO of Talon Air, Inc. is very optimistic about this aircraft stating, “In almost every airplane, something has been sacrificed,” said Adam Katz President and CEO. “There’s no compromise in this airplane. It’s very fast, comfortable and efficient.”  Many companies are beginning to add to their fleets in this time of economic recovery in the market.  Now is the best time to buy based on the market.