November 1, 2012

Hawker Beechcraft Appoints Horizontal De Aviación as New Authorized Service Center in Colombia

ORLANDO, Fla. (Nov. 1, 2012) – Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (GCS) today announced during the 2012 National Business Aviation Association’s annual convention that it has appointed Horizontal De Aviación at Aeropuerto Internacional el Dorado in Bogotá, Colombia, as an authorized service center to support the entire line of Beechcraft King Air products.

“The Colombian aviation market is one of the fastest growing Beechcraft aviation segments in Latin America,” said Christi Tannahill, Hawker Beechcraft senior vice president, Global Customer Support. “By partnering with Horizontal De Aviación, Hawker Beechcraft owners and operators in the region will benefit from access to a highly trained team of professionals providing products and services to improve their aircraft’s performance.”

[caption id="attachment_3241" align="alignright" width="300"] From left to right: Fernando Lopez, CEO, Horizontal De Aviación, Greg Graber, vice president, HBC Global Product Support, and Pablo Barco, general manager, Horizontal De Aviación[/caption]

For more than 23 years, Horizontal De Aviación has provided private, civil, military and state government aircraft operators with maintenance solutions for a variety of models, including the Beechcraft King Air 90/200/300 series. In addition to approval as a maintenance organization by the Colombian Civil Aviation Authority, Horizontal De Aviación has achieved its certification with the Federal Aviation Administration as an approved repair station. The company also has approvals from authorities in countries throughout the region such as Mexico, Venezuela, Peru and Panama.

The nearly 52,000-square-foot (4,800-square-meter) facility offers 16,576 square feet (1,540 square meters) of hangar space, including one that is exclusively for paint operations and work platforms, VIP areas, classrooms and support shops. Support shop capabilities include sheet metal, electrical, hydraulics, instruments, avionics, non-destructive testing, power plant and dynamic components.

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