September 29, 2009

Hawker Beechcraft Services Taking Pre-Orders for Beechcraft 1900D Upgrade

Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 IDS improves reliability, reduces operating costs

WICHITA, Kan. (Sept. 29, 2009) – Hawker Beechcraft Services (HBS) today announced it is taking pre-orders for the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 Integrated Display System (IDS) for installation on Beechcraft 1900D aircraft. The upgrade is expected to be available third quarter 2010.

“We are delighted to offer this significant upgrade to our 1900D operators to support the needs of regional and corporate passengers worldwide,” said Christi Tannahill, vice president, Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Service and Support. “Driven by operator input, the system was designed with an emphasis on improving reliability and lowering operating costs.”

Major reliability improvements are gained by replacing legacy equipment with airline proven Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 video capable Adaptive Flight Displays (AFD), dual Attitude Heading Reference Systems (AHRS), dual Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM), compliant Air Data Computers (ADC) and a robust, electronic Engine Indication System (EIS). The new equipment is covered by a comprehensive two-year Rockwell Collins warranty.

In addition to the reliability and weight-saving benefits associated with this modern equipment, operating costs are further reduced by including a two-year Rockwell Collins warranty, known as the Corporate Aircraft Service Program (CASP), for any Rockwell Collins cockpit avionics equipment not included as part of the Pro Line 21 IDS installation. With the CASP warranty, IDS upgraded aircraft will incur virtually zero avionics operating costs during the first two years after installation. Potential savings are estimated at $100,000 per aircraft.

The flexibility of IDS enables it to interface with either Garmin’s GNS 400W or Universal’s UNS1- LW WAAS/LPV-compliant flight management systems. Other 1900D interface options include APS-65 autopilot and third party TCAS, TAWS and lightning detection systems.

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Headquartered in Wichita, the HBS network of 10 factory-owned service centers provides professional aircraft maintenance and repair in Little Rock, Ark.; Mesa, Ariz.; Tampa, Fla.; Atlanta, Ga.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Wichita, Kan.; Houston, Tex.; San Antonio, Tex.; Toluca, Mexico; and Chester, UK.

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 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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