May 11, 2009

Hawker Beechcraft Expands Global Service Network with Authorized Center in Germany

Company appoints Aerodata AG as new authorized service center

GENEVA, Switzerland (May 11, 2009) – Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) today announced that Germany-based Aerodata AG has joined its worldwide network of authorized service centers to support its Beechcraft line of aircraft. Aerodata AG is located in Braunschweig, only 200 km from Germany’s capital Berlin, at Braunschweig (BWE) Airport.

“Aerodata AG is well located to serve central and northern European customers,” said Steve Porte, vice president, International Customer Support. “Their appointment as an authorized service center will supplement our existing network to ensure effective support to our increasing fleet of aircraft in Europe.”

In addition to aircraft maintenance, Aerodata AG has the capability to provide turn-key special mission aircraft to a worldwide customer base. Aerodata is the leading source of flight inspection systems and offers a number of other special mission systems to customers. During the past 10 years, Aerodata has supplied more than 20 flight inspection systems in King Air platforms. In 2008, HBC and Aerodata reached a cooperative agreement for the provision of special mission aircraft.

Through its approval as a design, production and maintenance organization by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Aerodata is able to develop supplemental type certificates for the King Air and produce the kits for aircraft modification in-house. Thus, Aerodata can provide customized solutions for avionics packages and cabin installations. “From the very early days of the company, Aerodata AG has been a key provider of fully equipped special mission aircraft,” said Hans Stahl, president of Aerodata AG. “With the service center approval, we see a broader perspective to deliver turn-key solutions, including warranty work and service contracts, to our government customers.”

HBC has 10 existing service centers located across the United States, Mexico and the United Kingdom. The network of factory-owned service centers provide professional aircraft maintenance and repair with readily available access to its knowledge base of company expertise and engineering data. HBC also maintains a network of approximately 90 independent authorized service centers around the world.

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. For more information, visit


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