October 30, 2012

Hawker Beechcraft to Provide Next Generation LED Landing & Taxi Lights for King Air Aircraft

ORLANDO, Fla. (Oct. 30, 2012) – Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (GCS) today announced it has teamed with Astronics Corporation, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Luminescent Systems Inc., to provide new light emitting diode (LED) landing and taxi lights for the Beechcraft King Air family. Astronics' LED lighting solution replaces the aircraft’s existing filament-based lighting system with a high reliability, 10,000 hour average life solution, dramatically reducing maintenance costs and power consumption while providing wide beam, taxi and deeper downfield illumination in the airport environment. 

“Customer interest in LED lighting for the King Air family has been robust and we’re excited to work with Astronics to bring this capability to the market,” said Christi Tannahill, Hawker Beechcraft senior vice president, Global Customer Support. “These new lights will provide our owners and operators with a best-in-class landing and taxi lighting solution.”

Hawker Beechcraft will offer these lights in retrofit kits for existing aircraft through its Hawker Beechcraft Parts & Distribution organization.

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