May 17, 2011

Hawker Beechcraft Announces King Air 200GTR Upgrade

Package improves performance and resale value of in-service King Air 200GT turboprops

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GENEVA, Switzerland (May 17, 2011) – Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (GCS) today announced a product enhancement package for existing Beechcraft King Air 200GT turboprops that incorporates customer-requested changes and technology upgrades to increase the airplane’s performance and resale value. The King Air 200GTR package incorporates BLR Aerospace composite winglets, a Raisbeck Engineering Ram Air Recovery System (RARS) and Hartzell 4-blade composite propellers. This introduction is the latest in a line of aftermarket upgrades that provide multiple performance enhancements to HBC fielded aircraft, including the recently introduced Hawker 400XPR and 800XPR.

“This upgrade is consistent with our ongoing commitment to satisfy customer requests by working with them to maintain the highest levels of efficiency and productivity for their current aircraft,” said Christi Tannahill, Hawker Beechcraft vice president, GCS. “We continue to identify and incorporate technological improvements and modifications to our aircraft to enhance their performance and versatility, extend their service life and increase their resale value.”

The Beechcraft King Air 200GTR modification packages are available exclusively at Hawker Beechcraft Services facilities. At its maximum-gross-takeoff weight, it will take off over a 50-foot obstacle in only 2,111 feet from a sea level airport – 400 feet shorter than a King Air B200GT. Its new high/hot takeoff performance is even more exceptional. At max gross takeoff weight, from a 5,000 foot elevation airport at 25°C, the takeoff distance over a 50-foot obstacle is 3,094 feet, which is improved approximately 700 feet over its predecessor. The King Air 200GTR achieves its excellent field performance without making any significant tradeoffs. In fact, it offers slight increases in high speed cruise, climb performance and range over a King Air B200GT. The shorter runway capability adds access to more than 1,100 airports previously unavailable to King Air 200GT operators and provides additional safety margin and operational flexibility on longer fields.

For more information on the King Air 200GTR, contact Brain Campbell at +1.602.618.6056 or Brian_Campbell@hawkerbeechcraft.com

Headquartered in Wichita, Kan., Hawker Beechcraft GCS is dedicated to improving the value of HBC aircraft by employing products and services to simplify aircraft ownership, reduce operating cost and increase resale value. GCS is comprised of four functional groups that include Support Plus (cost predictability/warranty programs), Hawker Beechcraft Parts & Distribution (genuine factory parts), Hawker Beechcraft Services (factory-owned service centers) and Technical Support (Field Support Representatives, Hot Line specialists and Technical Publications).

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.

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