October 29, 2012

Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support Taking Orders for King Air 200/300 Series Pro Line 21 Synthetic Vision Upgrade

ORLANDO, Fla. (Oct. 29, 2012) – Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (GCS) today announced that it is accepting orders for the Synthetic Vision System (SVS) upgrade for all Pro Line 21-equipped Beechcraft King Air 200/300 series aircraft. The upgrade for this platform is scheduled for entry into service in March 2013. Hawker Beechcraft and Rockwell Collins entered into an agreement last year that will provide all Hawker and Beechcraft models with the upgrade package, which offers significant safety and capability improvements by adding synthetic vision data to existing Pro Line 21 displays. Follow-on certifications for the remainder of the platforms are expected to occur throughout 2013.

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“Synthetic vision is a significant safety upgrade that provides a clear vision forward for flight crews in all weather conditions, underscoring our commitment to increasing customer safety and expanding operational capability,” said Christi Tannahill, Hawker Beechcraft senior vice president, Global Customer Support.

Rockwell Collins SVS provides real-time 3-D simulated terrain presentation in relation to the aircraft superimposed on the primary flight displays, providing the flight crew with a clear day image in all weather conditions. The upgrade includes an update to configurable displays that support new features in addition to SVS, including Integrated Flight Information Systems, an Enhanced Vision System video window on multi-function displays and wall-to-wall Attitude Direction Indicator displays.

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

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation is a world-leading manufacturer of business, special mission, light attack 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 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.