Hawker Beechcraft Announces First Customer for Beechcraft 1900 Upgrade

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Hawker Beechcraft Services (HBS) today announced that it has reached an agreement with Raytheon Airline Aviation Services (RAAS) to upgrade its Beechcraft 1900D demonstrator with Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 Integrated Display System (IDS). This marks the first customer for this upgrade through HBS.

“We are happy to support 1900D operators by enhancing the useful life of this workhorse aircraft,” said Christi Tannahill, vice president, Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Service and Support. “We expect the improved reliability and operating cost benefits of this upgrade to positively impact the bottom line of 1900D operators worldwide for many years to come.”

Available for viewing at the NBAA Static Display, the RAAS demonstrator is uniquely outfitted to exhibit the 1900D’s multi-mission capability to perform air ambulance, corporate shuttle and regional transport. RAAS, who specializes in marketing Beechcraft 1900 aircraft to regional airline, freight and corporate operators, will feature the HBS IDS upgrade in its world-tour demonstration aircraft after installation next year.

Announced at the Beechcraft 1900 Operators Conference in Wichita last month, the HBS IDS upgrade is designed to significantly improve 1900D reliability and reduce operating cost by replacing legacy avionics equipment with Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 video capable Adaptive Flight Displays, dual Attitude Heading Reference Systems, and an electronic Engine Indication System. In addition, the RAAS demonstrator will be upgraded with a Rockwell Collins Integrated Flight Information System, a model 850 Weather Radar, dual air data computers, dual APS-65 Autopilots, a Rockwell Collins TCAS II 4000 and dual Garmin model GNS-400 WAAS enabled Navigators.

For more information, visit www.hawkerbeechcraftservices.com or e-mail hbs_salessupport@hawkerbeechcraft.com.

Headquartered in Wichita, the HBS network of 10 factory-owned service centers provides professional aircraft maintenance and repair in Little Rock, Ark.; Mesa, Ariz.; Tampa, Fla.; Atlanta, Ga.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Wichita, Kan.; Houston, Texas; San Antonio, Texas; Toluca, Mexico; and Chester, U.K.

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation is a world-leading manufacturer of business, special mission and trainer aircraft – designing, marketing and supporting aviation products and services for businesses, governments and individuals worldwide. The company’s headquarters and major facilities are located in Wichita, Kan., with operations in Salina, Kan.; Little Rock, Ark.; Chester, England, U.K.; and Chihuahua, Mexico. For more information, visit www.hawkerbeechcraft.com.

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