Category Archives: Beechcraft Corp.

Citation Special Olympics Airlift transports athletes to games

Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo

More than 250 Textron Aviation volunteers, elected officials and dignataries in Wichita turned out Saturday to send off 17 Kansas Special Olympic athletes and their coaches to the week-long USA Games in New Jersey.

The athletes took part in the Citation Special Olympics Airlift, in which Citation owners and operators donate their airplanes, pilots and fuel to transport the athletes and coaches to the games.

For the first time in its 27-year history, the Airlift included Beechcraft owners along with Cessna Citation owners.

In all, more than 100 owners and operators from around the country transported roughly 700 athletes and their coaches to the competition.

The planes will return to Trenton-Mercer Airport in New Jersey on  June 21 to take the athletes home after the event.

The Airlift, the seventh of its kind, is sponsored and managed by Cessna Aircraft, now a division of Textron Aviation.

The Citation Special Olympics Airlift is the culmination of two years of planning by Cessna and the Federal Aviation Administration, Trenton-Mercer Airport, partnering aviation companies around the country and volunteers from Trenton businesses and the Special Olympics organization, according to Textron Aviation.

Since it began in 1987, the event has transported nearly 10,000 athletes and coaches to the Games from around the U.S.


EBACE 2014 showing strong, say organizers

Europe’s largest business jet show, which wrapped up Thursday, ranks among its strongest to date, organizers say.

The European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition is held each year in Geneva, Switzerland.

Attendance was up more than 7 percent over last year’s show, show organizers say.

The number of exhibitors this year increased 8 percent over last year and booth spaces grew by 4 percent.

That gave this year’s show its largest footprint of its 14 years.

EBACE also was an effective news-making venue, they said, with several manufacturers announcing new aircraft models.

Wichita planemakers Textron Aviation, which includes Cessna Aircraft and Beechcraft, along with Bombardier Learjet exhibited at EBACE.

The show ran Tuesday through Thursday this week.

Beechcraft former executive Bill Brown joins Spirit AeroSystems

Former Beechcraft executive vice president Bill Brown has joined the leadership team of Spirit AeroSystems.

At Spirit, Brown will serve as senior vice president of the company’s aftermarket business.

“Bill Brown brings significant expertise in aftermarket, and we are pleased to have him join our leadership team,” Spirit president and CEO Larry Lawson said in a statement.

Spirit designs, builds and supports its products with a maintenance and repair organization that extends across North America, Europe and the Far East, Lawson said.

“We believe we can create even more value in this arena, and I am confident Bill can help us accomplish that,” he said.

Brown most recently was executive vice president of global operations and president of global service and support at Beechcraft.

Before joining Beechcraft, he was president and general manager of AAR Aircraft Services in Oklahoma.

He’s also held senior level positions at Independence Air, Avborne Inc. and Midwest Airlines.

Department of Labor says Hawker Beechcraft violated Family and Medical Leave Act rules

A U.S. Department of Labor investigation has found that Hawker Beechcraft, now Beechcraft Corp., interfered with employees’ rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act, according to the agency.

The company has signed a compliance agreement with Department of Labor, the agency said.

As a result, the company will pay three employees $48,800 in back wages and provide information to its work force on proper FMLA procedures.

The FMLA entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in a 12-month period for specified family and medical reasons.

A 20-year employee who had been terminated in violation of the FMLA will be reinstated and will receive $45,000 in back wages along with vacation and sick leave hours, the agency said.

The company also will pay two other employees who were wrongfully terminated a total of $3,800 in back wages.

“Our investigation revealed that Hawker Beechcraft’s policies discouraged workers from applying for FMLA leave because employees feared reprisals, violation of privacy and, ultimately loss of employment,” Patricia Preston, Department of Labor district director in Kansas City, Mo., said in a statement.

Beechcraft picks former Lockheed executive Jim Grant as vice president of military programs

Beechcraft Corp. has added a position to its military division with the appointment of Jim Grant to senior vice president of military programs.

In his role, Grant is responsible for new business initiatives in Beechcraft’s three military organizations that includes trainer/attack, special mission and global mission support.

He reports directly to Beechcraft CEO Bill Boisture.

Grant is a former command pilot with the Air Force and has more than 5,000 flight hours in a variety of combat airplanes. He held command and senior staff positions at Headquarters Air Force, Wing and Squadron level.

After retiring from the Air Force in 1995, Grant joined Lockheed Martin where he held various leadership positions, including most recently serving as vice president of new business.

In that role, he was responsible for domestic and international pursuit of orders for the company’s Air Mobility, Special Operations Forces and Maritime lines of business.

Grant holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Alabama and a master’s degree from Pepperdine University. He graduated from the U.S. Army War College, the USAF War College and the executive development program at Goizueta Business School at Emory University.


Beechcraft names heads of planning and programs and human resources

Dave Rosenberg

Beechcraft Corp. has appointed two leaders to its executive team, the company announced.

Dave Rosenberg, who joined the company in 2000, has been appointed vice president of strategic planning and programs.

He is responsible for the company’s planning and programs, including management of commercial product development programs and analysis of joint ventures and potential acquisitions.

Don Alvord was named vice president of human resources. Alvord came to Wichita from Little Rock, Ark., where he served as vice president and general manager of the company’s Little Rock Completions Center.


Don Alvord

Beechcraft recently closed the center and moved the work to Wichita.

In his role, Alvord oversees talent acquisition, management and succession planning, diversity initiatives, employee relations and compensation and benefits management.



Beechcraft appoints new regional sales director for Sub-Saharan Africa

Beechcraft Corp. has appointed a regional sales director for Beechcraft products in Sub-Saharan Africa, Kingsley Okoli, the company announced.

South Africa continues to be one of the largest growth markets in the world, Scott Plumb, Beechcraft vice president of sales for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said in a statement.

The business aviation fleet in the region has grown by more than 20 percent in the past 10 years, Plumb said.

“Having Kingsley stationed in South Africa will provide further impetus to strong Beechcraft sales in the region,” he said.

Okoli spent 13 years in the U.S. Air Force that included work involving the West Africa region and the Nigerian Air Force. He was an F-16 crew chief and later a fighter squadron logistics readiness officer, according to information from the company.

He has experience with Department of Defense acquisition program management, business development and operational management in foreign military sales and foreign military financing.

He most recently served as a senior program analyst for IMSolutions.

Beechcraft Corp. CEO to speak at Wichita Aero Club

Bill Boisture, Beechcraft Corp.’s CEO, will be the keynote speaker at the Wichita Aero Club’s luncheon April 22.

The company, formerly Hawker Beechcraft, emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February and reorganized as the new Beechcraft Corp.

Boisture will talk about the reorganized company’s plans and goals, said Wichita Aero Club president Dave Franson.

“Many of us are anxious to see what’s on the horizon,” Franson said in a statement. “There’s no better person to tell us than the company’s chief executive.”

Before coming to Beechcraft, Boisture was president of Intrepid Aviation and a senior advisor to The Carlyle Group.

He also has served as president of NetJets, Gulfstream Aerospace and British Aerospace Corporate Jets and as chairman and CEO of Butler Aviation.

Boisture was a fighter pilot in the Air Force. He holds a bachelor’s in engineering from the Air Force Academy and a master’s in business administration from the University of New Haven.

The luncheon will be held at noon at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel at the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport.

Tickets are $30 for members and $40 for nonmembers.

For reservations, go to or call 316-641-5962.


Air Force light air support contract now expected next week

An Air Force decision on who will be awarded a light air support contract is now expected sometime next week, Beechcraft spokeswoman Nicole Alexander said.

The company had expected a decision on Friday, but has been told there has been a slight delay.

The contract for 20 aircraft for the Afghan air force is expected to total about $350 million.

There are two bidders. Wichita-based Beechcraft Corp., formerly Hawker Beechcraft, has proposed its AT-6 attack aircraft, a version of its T-6 trainer, for the project. Sierra Nevada Corp., meanwhile, has partnered with Brazil-based Embraer to offer its Super Tucano.

The planes are to provide the Afghan National Army Air Corp. with a fixed-wing strike capability. They are to be delivered over five years.

The effort to secure a contract has taken nearly three years and has been fraught with delays and legal challenges.

Beechcraft to showcase military products at defense exposition

Beechcraft Corp., formerly Hawker Beechcraft, is showcasing its military products at the Air Force Association’s annual Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition this week in Orlando, Fla.

The company, which emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Tuesday, is highlighting its T-6, AT-6 and King Air 350 ER ISR airplanes at the event.

The exposition, which highlights aerospace technology and education, runs Wednesday through Friday.

With Beechcraft’s reorganization, the Air Force can be assured of a financially sound, stable partner, the company said in a statement.

“We know that it is important for our military partners around the world to do business with solid partners,” Russ Bartlett, president of Beechcraft’s defense business, said in a statement. The company is pleased to enter this year’s exposition as a stronger, more agile company, he said.