October 9, 2011

Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support Launches Pro Line Fusion Upgrade Program

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LAS VEGAS (Oct. 9, 2011) – Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (GCS) today announced that, in collaboration with Rockwell Collins, they are launching an aftermarket program to bring Pro Line Fusion display upgrades to all fielded Pro Line 21-equipped Hawker and Beechcraft platforms. The upgrade features large format, landscape, touch-control displays that come standard with Synthetic Vision and visual flight management system, all with a target price under $300,000 installed. Certification is expected before the end of 2013.

“This Pro Line Fusion upgrade represents an amazing technology leap in flight deck display technology for our customers,” said Christi Tannahill, Hawker Beechcraft, vice president, Global Customer Support. “In today’s world, touch screen technology is changing how we interact with our handheld devices. Making it available to our existing fleet of aircraft further enhances the value of those aircraft and the environment they operate in.”

“The proven scalability of the Pro Line Fusion software, combined with advanced hardware features such as embedded display processing and highly integrated sensors and radios, are key elements of making the system small enough and cost effective for light business aircraft,” said Greg Irmen, vice president and general manager, Business and Regional Systems for Rockwell Collins.

The new Pro Line Fusion touch-control displays are also globally networked with Rockwell Collins’ Ascend Flight Information Solutions for convenient wireless updates of all flight-related databases and wireless downloading of maintenance information.

Headquartered in Wichita, Kan., Hawker Beechcraft GCS is dedicated to improving the value of HBC 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 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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