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Hawker Pacific annouces acquisition of Adagold FBO

Hawker Pacific announces acquisition of Adagold FBO Operations in Brisbane and Cairns

Hawker Pacific announces acquisition of Adagold's Fixed Base Operations in Cairns and BrisbaneAcquisition to strategically position Hawker Pacific for growth opportunities in Queensland

Hawker Pacific, the leading aviation solutions provider in Asia, Pacific and the Middle East, has today announced the acquisition of Adagold’s Fixed Base Operations (FBO) in Brisbane and Cairns.

The two acquired FBO operations have been operating under the Hawker Pacific brand since 24th January 2017. In Brisbane Hawker Pacific will operate from both its existing FBO facility and from the newly acquired FBO in the General Aviation precinct, providing unique access opportunities for customers.

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Hawker Pacific Maintenance Provider for Team 21

Hawker Pacific Pty Ltd is proud to announce that it has signed a major contract with Pilatus Aircraft Ltd for the maintenance support of 49 Australian Defence Force (ADF) PC-21 training aircraft under Project Air 5428. This contract signing is a significant component of the “Team 21” delivery of the new ADF Pilot Training System partnership between Lockheed Martin, Pilatus and Hawker Pacific.

Under the contract with Pilatus, Hawker Pacific will provide aircraft maintenance and related services to the ADF under a highly efficient, commercial best practice, performance-based contract. Hawker Pacific’s Government Business unit will manage the contract from Sale in Gippsland Victoria, which will in turn manage the performance of aircraft maintenance activities across four locations in four states – at RAAF Bases East Sale, Pearce, Edinburgh and Williamtown.

The contract builds upon the highly successful Team 21 Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Basic Wings Course (BWC), PC-21 pilot training program at RAAF Base Pearce in Western Australia, which was established in 2007.

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Hawker Pacific recognised for excellence by New Zealand Defence Force

Hawker Pacific, a market leader in integrated civil and military aircraft sales and product support in Asia, Pacific and the Middle East, has been awarded the New Zealand Minister of Defence Award for Excellence in Auckland.

This marks the third year Hawker Pacific's New Zealand team has been nominated for the prestigious award. Hawker Pacific was recognised as a finalist in 2015 and this year the company came out on top.

Hawker Pacific was awarded a 5-year ‘turnkey’ performance based contract with the New Zealand Defence Force in 2012, to supply and provide maintenance support for four King Air B200 aircraft to 42 Squadron of the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

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Hawker Pacific Acquires Aeromil Pacific

Sydney — August 7, 2015 — Hawker Pacific Pty Ltd and Aeromil Pacific Pty Ltd, today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Hawker Pacific has acquired Aeromil Pacific for an undisclosed amount.  

Aeromil Pacific, established in 1980, is one of the largest and most successful privately owned and operated aviation organisations in the region specialising in new Cessna aircraft sales, pre-owned aircraft sales, aircraft maintenance, parts support, aircraft management, charter services, and pilot training.  

The addition of Aeromil’s operations to Hawker Pacific, creates a regional powerhouse in aircraft sales, aircraft support and aviation services. The combined business will also benefit from an enhanced product portfolio, providing access to the range of Textron’s iconic products such as Beechcraft, Cessna and Bell Helicopter under one roof.  

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Bell 525 Relentless makes successful first flight

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, today announced the successful first flight of the Bell 525 Relentless. The maiden flight of the super-medium helicopter took place at the company’s aircraft assembly centre in Amarillo, Texas.

"The Bell 525 was announced at Heli-Expo in 2012, and we are proud to have achieved this milestone. We have diligently executed our schedule to design, develop, build and test the aircraft, and look forward to the next phase of flight testing as we work towards certification,” said Matt Hasik, executive vice president of commercial programs at Bell Helicopter. “The marketplace has been awaiting the transformational capabilities of the Bell 525 and we continue to see growing customer demand from around the globe for this aircraft.”

The Bell 525 was designed with input from our Customer Advisory Panel as an aircraft to meet future requirements for operational safety, payload & range, cabin comfort and configuration and reliability. One of the unique characteristics of the Bell 525 is the ability to perform CAT-A take-offs and landings, to and from a helipad at maximum gross weight. Even in the event that one of the two engines fails, the Bell 525 provides sufficient power to maintain occupant safety while lifting off with a single operational engine. With over 60 helicopters reserved under letters of intent, the Bell 525 is designed to provide operators and end users unmatched situational awareness and the ability to perform a wide variety of missions under challenging weather conditions.

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Hawker Pacific, Air Niugini and Aviation Australia launch joint training venture

Hawker Pacific, Aviation Australia and Air Niugini have collectively launched in Cairns a new engineering cadet training partnership set to develop the aviation sector.

The exciting new training programme offered will allow graduates to attain specialised “on the job” training within an actual live aircraft maintenance facility which is a first for Cairns and this program. In the past this type of training was conducted in a simulated training environment. This new form of training is world class cutting edge training.  

The training partnership between the leading aviation training organisation, Aviation Australia, international maintenance repair organisation, Hawker Pacific, and the national carrier for Papua New Guinea, Air Niugini was formally launched at an official contract signing ceremony with all parties present.

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Pro Line Fusion-equipped Beechcraft King Air 250 awarded type certificate

Beechcraft has announced that it has received type certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the latest version of its new production Beechcraft King Air 250 turboprop, allowing deliveries to commence this quarter. The upgraded King Air is equipped with the Pro Line Fusion avionics system and new cabin enhancements. The aircraft is making its North American debut this week at the EAA Airventure in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

“We are pleased to put the upgraded King Air 250 in the hands of our customers so quickly after announcement two months ago,” said Christi Tannahill, senior vice president, Turboprop Aircraft and Interior Design, Textron Aviation. “This aircraft brings the latest technology to the cockpit and cabin allowing pilots and passengers alike to experience the Beechcraft King Air in a whole new way. EAA Airventure is a great venue for attendees to experience firsthand the investments we are making in this proven platform.”

Certification for the Pro Line Fusion-equipped King Air 350i/ER is expected to occur in the fourth quarter of this year, followed by the King Air C90GTx in the first half of 2016.

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Hawker Pacific Shangai - first MRO in Mainland China approved for Isle of Man registered aircraft

Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre is pleased to announce it has received approval to perform maintenance on aircraft registered with the Isle of Man. This is the first approval by the Isle of Man Government for any MRO in Mainland China.

“This approval will allow the MRO to service the increased fleet of Isle of Man Aircraft that we see throughout Asia,” says General Manager Carey Matthews.  

“It is a compelling registry for many owners in the region, and this MRO approval will play an instrumental role in the expanding service infrastructure evolving in China.”  

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Hawker Pacific Touching Down at Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show

Hawker Pacific, the leading aircraft sales and product support company in Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East has announced its attendance at the 2015 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show May 21-24.  

Hawker Pacific has confirmed it will be showcasing a Bell 407GX helicopter at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show; globally recognised as the Southern Hemisphere’s premier marine event.  

As the exclusive representative of Bell Helicopter, Beechcraft and Diamond Aircraft in the region, Hawker Pacific will be attending the event to demonstrate their expertise as the leading aircraft sales and support company in Asia Pacific.  

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Hawker Pacific Touching Down at Sanctuary Come International Boat Show

Hawker Pacific, the leading aircraft sales and product support company in Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East has announced its attendance at the 2015 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show May 21-24.  

Hawker Pacific has confirmed it will be showcasing a Bell 407GX helicopter at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show; globally recognised as the Southern Hemisphere’s premier marine event.  

As the exclusive representative of Bell Helicopter, Beechcraft and Diamond Aircraft in the region, Hawker Pacific will be attending the event to demonstrate their expertise as the leading aircraft sales and support company in Asia Pacific.  

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Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre Celebrates Five Year Anniversary

Shanghai Hawker Pacific is celebrating five years in business this month. The facility was formally dedicated in April 2010. The Joint Venture between Shanghai Airport Authority and Hawker Pacific was the result of discussions dating back to 2002 between the two companies. It resulted in the world class FBO and MRO located at Hongqiao International Airport which opened after construction began in 2008.   

Since opening, the FBO has handled more than 19,000 business aviation movements at both Hongqiao and Pudong International Airports in Shanghai. They expect to go over the 20,000 mark this summer.  

Additionally, the Joint Venture has the distinction of having opened the first MRO for business aviation in China in the fall of 2011. They represent Bombardier, Cessna, Dassault, and Hawker-Beechcraft as a service centre.  

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Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre Hosts ABACE for Four Consecutive Years

For the fourth year running, Shanghai Hawker Pacific is playing host to ABACE, the Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition. The annual event was hosted at the facility for the first time in March 2012 and has continued the show at the facility every year since.  

“We are proud to play host to the event,” commented George Lu, the Deputy General Manager for the company. “ABACE has been vital for bringing business aviation to life in Asia and we think it particularly helps Shanghai as being seen as a hub for business aviation.”  

“Construction for the show requires several weeks of lead time, and NBAA, Hongqiao Airport, and Shanghai Hawker Pacific have to all work closely together to coordinate and make the show happen. We normally don’t have general aviation aircraft or helicopters at the airport as well, so we have the element of coordination with ATC and the CAAC to help get approvals for the planes to get here. In the end, it all comes together and we are very proud of the caliber of the show and the importance it plays for business aviation in Asia,” Lu continued.  

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Flying Doctors Cairns Base welcomes new aircraft

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Hawker Pacific donation means better medical equipment for the Flying Doctor

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Hawker Pacific announces the first Australia order for two new Beechcraft King Air 350C Heavy Weight aircraft

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Beechcraft King Air 250 now available with factory-installed payload increase

Oct. 20, 2014 – Beechcraft Corporation announced at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention & Exhibition that customers now can order a new Beechcraft King Air 250 with a factory-installed modification that increases the maximum takeoff weight from 12,500 pounds to 13,420 pounds, providing 1,025 pounds of payload with full fuel.

“This is an important upgrade that many of our King Air 250 owners have been asking for, especially our special mission operators who want more capacity to carry heavy equipment or operators who want more range with increased passengers and baggage,” said Christi Tannahill, senior vice president, Turboprop Aircraft. “Having the option to fill the King Air 250 with full fuel and still get more than 1,000 pounds of payload is a great addition to an airplane that has been exceptionally popular in every corner of the world.”

By increasing the King Air 250’s max ramp weight to 13,510 pounds, the enhanced payload modification takes the cabin payload with full fuel from the current 155 pounds to 1,025 pounds. King Air 250 aircraft with this option are certified in the commuter category, and includes the installation of safety systems such as engine fire extinguisher and illuminated escape path floor markings. A BE-200 type rating is required to operate airplanes in the commuter category. The modification, developed with CenTex Aerospace, Inc. of Waco, Texas, also is an aftermarket option for in-service King Air 250 aircraft and available through Textron Aviation’s factory-owned service centers.

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Beechcraft announces performance upgrades to King Air C90GTx

Beechcraft Corporation announced today at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention & Exhibition that beginning in Q4 2014, the latest model of the Beechcraft King Air C90GTx will offer new standard features that deliver shorter takeoff and landing distances, better handling characteristics and enhanced passenger experience.

“This is the latest in a long series of continuous enhancements we have introduced to the King Air 90 series. The new Beechcraft King Air C90GTx looks stunning on the ramp and performs like no other,” said Christi Tannahill, senior vice president, Turboprop Aircraft. “The most significant of the changes is shortening the takeoff distance by nearly 600 feet (182 meters), opening up more airports and getting our owners closer to their final destination.”

The increased takeoff, climb and landing performance resulted from the incorporation of Raisbeck Engineering’s performance enhancements consisting of swept-blade propellers and dual aft body strakes. The new King Air C90GTx features the Hartzell swept blade turbofan propeller with a 30-degree blade sweep and 96-inch diameter (6-inch increase over existing). The propeller provides more takeoff and climb thrust with less noise in the cockpit.

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Hawker Pacific announces the first Diamond DA42-VI aircraft to tour Australia and New Zealand

Hawker Pacific, the leading aircraft sales and product support company in Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East has today announced a demonstration tour of the new Diamond DA42-VI aircraft. Arriving in Australia this week from the Diamond Aircraft factory in Austria, the aircraft will travel around Australia and New Zealand throughout October and November where it will be demonstrated to potential buyers. The DA42-VI features increased performance and payload, a sleekly designed and improved airframe, new propellers and strengthened landing gear.  

Hawker Pacific’s Vice President, Aircraft Sales, Nick Jones said, “the Diamond DA42-VI has a number of features that set it apart from the DA42-NG. In particular, the 100 kg payload increase and the enhanced aerodynamics of the airframe, along with strengthened landing gear to accommodate it. This, combined with its improved performance, comfort and, of course, the extremely low operating cost, makes the DA42-VI a suitable choice for both private flying and flight training.”  

“The aircraft’s extended range, long endurance, advanced avionics and the astoundingly low fuel consumption of the Jet-A1-powered engine means you’ll have everything you need, and more, whatever your mission.”  

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ProAdvantage now Beechcraft King Air turboprops

Textron Aviation continues to identify best practices between Beechcraft Corporation and Cessna Aircraft Company since the integration of both companies began in March. As a result of that initiative, Beechcraft Corporation announced at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) it will begin offering ProAdvantage product support programs to the global Beechcraft King Air turboprop fleet.

“Latin America is one of the largest worldwide markets for the King Air turboprops and we wanted to make this announcement here at LABACE knowing the interest in the region would be strong,” said Brad Thress, senior vice president, Customer Service. “The Cessna support programs under the ProAdvantage umbrella have become the standard in our industry and extending those services to our Beechcraft products is another example of the customer benefits that flow from the combined strength under Textron Aviation.”

ProAdvantage is a legacy support solution, previously exclusively available for Cessna Citation customers, comprised of a number of programs providing life-cycle maintenance and spare part support for aircraft airframes and avionics, engines and, when applicable, auxiliary power units.

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Gippsaro GA8 Airvan to Embark on Extended Asia-Pacific Tour

Hawker Pacific, leading aircraft sales and product support company in Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East, is set to tour a Gippsaero GA8 Airvan through South East Asia for a second time, in response to the huge demand seen during last year’s tour.

The aircraft will visit various locations across the region, including Palawan, Cebu, Cavaos and Manila, where it will be demonstrated to potential buyers.

“There was phenomenal interest in the GA8 during last year’s tour and we are very pleased to bring it back to those who missed out. Operators in this part of the world understand that the features of the GA8 are perfectly suited to the region. It’s a rugged, durable and flexible aircraft that works very well under tough conditions,” said Tony Jones, Chief Operating Officer, Asia, Hawker Pacific.

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