October 20, 2009

Hawker Beechcraft to Offer Michelin Tire Upgrade for Hawker Jets

New Bias Technology tires are lighter, more durable and cost-efficient

ORLANDO (Oct. 20, 2009) – Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) and Michelin North America today announced that an innovative New Bias Technology (NBT) Michelin tire with improved landing performance has been developed for Hawker series aircraft. A cooperative effort between HBC and Michelin Aircraft Tires, the NBT tire will provide increased durability and shoulder wear, which translates into improved landing performance and reduced per-landing costs. HBC’s parts and distribution organization, RAPID, is taking orders for the tires.

"We are dedicated to enhancing aircraft performance and adding capabilities to the entire line of Hawker Beechcraft products so customers can benefit from the most sophisticated and up-to-date technology, such as Michelin’s new NBT tire," said Christi Tannahill, vice president, Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Service and Support. “In addition to extended tire life and better landing performance, this new design can also contribute to a reduction in fuel consumption due to its lighter weight.”

The Michelin NBT tire possesses a circumferential crown reinforcement that produces a flatter footprint than those of conventional bias tires. This helps slow the overall rate of wear for a longer tire life and lower operating costs. Like all Michelin Air tires, this tire also offers exceptional ozone resistance, advance tread compounds and many other quality features.

The upgraded tire will be available on both A and B versions of the BAe 125 Series 800, as well as Hawker 750, 800XP, 850XP and 900XP models. Hawker Beechcraft Services received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the installation. To order through HBC’s RAPID Aircraft Parts Distribution, call 888.727.4344.

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 a global network of more than 100 factory-owned and authorized service centers. For more information, visit www.hawkerbeechcraft.com.


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