March 11, 2009

Hawker Beechcraft Appoints Edward Petkus as Vice President of Engineering

WICHITA, Kan. (March 11, 2009) – Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) today announced the appointment of Edward Petkus to the position of vice president, Product Development and Engineering. Petkus has served as acting vice president, Engineering, since December.

“Ed has proven to be a valuable member of our leadership team and our company,” Chairman and CEO Jim Schuster said. ”We are excited about the direction of his leadership at HBC as we focus on developing a world-class engineering team.”

Petkus joined HBC in May 2007 following 16 years at The Boeing Company. At HBC, Petkus previously served as vice president, New Product Development, where he led product development program teams dedicated to improved product research planning, program execution and technology development processes.

Petkus’ most recent position at Boeing was director, 787 Airplane Development, where he led the 787 program development team responsible for requirements, configuration development, airplane level analyses, environmental impact and reliability/maintainability.

Petkus has a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan and a master’s in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Washington. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.

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 the largest number of factory-owned service centers and a global network of more than 100 factory-owned and authorized service centers. For more information, visit


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