ATLANTA (Oct. 18, 2010) – Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) today announced that for the second consecutive year it is donating two flights in its Beechcraft T-6 military trainer to be auctioned during the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)/Corporate Angel Network (CAN) Charity Benefit, which will take place this week during NBAA’s Annual Meeting & Convention. HBC donated flights last year, which proved to be a great success bringing in $10,000 for the worthwhile cause. CAN, the sole beneficiary of the benefit, is a charitable organization that eases the burden of travel for cancer patients by arranging free flights to treatment centers using empty seats on business aircraft. The event will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 20 in the Murphy Ballroom at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
HBC has a long-standing relationship with CAN. In addition to providing regular reports on the company’s planned flight activity to the organization, HBC’s Chairman & CEO Bill Boisture is an active member of the CAN Board of Directors. HBC and its predecessor companies also have donated more than $250,000 to CAN since 1993.
Only U.S. citizens who pass a screening test shall be eligible to win the T-6 ride. Rides must be taken by September 30, 2011. Other limitations may apply.
The Beechcraft T-6 offers military organizations worldwide the most proven and most cost-effective training system available today. The T-6 is a primary trainer aircraft that accommodates instruction in instrument flight procedures and basic aerial maneuvers. In addition, the T-6 delivers an outstanding training capability that is appropriate for the most basic introductory flight training through more challenging and complex advanced training missions. To date, the aircraft has been used to train pilots in approximately 20 different countries.
Deliveries of the T-6 began in 2000 after the aircraft was initially selected to fill the Joint Primary Aircraft Training System role for the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy. Since then, additional military programs worldwide, including the Hellenic Air Force of Greece, the Israeli Air Force, the Iraqi Air Force, the Royal Moroccan Air Force and NATO Flying Training in Canada, have chosen the T-6 and its derivatives as their primary trainers.
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. The company leads the industry with a global network of more than 100 factory-owned and authorized service centers. For more information, visit www.hawkerbeechcraft.com.
This release may contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, including statements that address activities, events or developments that we or our management intend, expect, project, believe or anticipate will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on management’s assumptions and assessments in light of past experience and trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other relevant factors. They are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results may differ significantly from those envisaged by our forward-looking statements. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described or implied in the forward-looking statements are general business and economic conditions, production delays resulting from lack of regulatory certifications and other factors, competition in our existing and future markets, lack of market acceptance of our products and services, the substantial leverage and debt service resulting from our indebtedness, loss or retirement of key executives and other risks disclosed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.