Category Archives: Beechcraft Corp.

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.


Wichita aviation on display at Aero India

Wichita planemakers are showcasing aircraft in India this week at the Aero India biennial aerospace show, which runs Wednesday through Sunday.

Hawker Beechcraft is displaying its Beechcraft King Air 350i turboprop, while Cessna Aircraft is showcasing its Caravan turboprop and Citation jets.

“India is expected to be amongst the world’s fastest growing economies in 2013 and stands to benefit hugely from a national expansion of business aviation, both for domestic and international travel,” Bill Harris, Cessna vice president of sales in Asia and the Asia Pacific, said in a statement. “Cessna is optimistic that legislative and regulatory reforms this year will remove several barriers to India’s aircraft market development.”

One of India’s pressing needs is to improve its intra-state air links, Harris said.

Hawker Beechcraft director of sales in India Todd Hattaway said the company sees a growing demand for its aircraft used in special mission applications throughout the country.

More than 20 King Airs are registered to state or federal government organizations in India, the company said. The majority provide VIP transportation for interstate and cross-country travel.

Eighty-two percent of new turboprop business aircraft delivered in India from 2002 to 2011 were King Air products; 83 percent of the total fleet of registered business turboprops in the country are King Airs, the company said.

Bombardier Aerospace is also in India with its Challenger 605 and Global 6000 jets.



Hawker Beechcraft appoints Ted Farid head of Asia-Pacific sales

Hawker Beechcraft Corp. has appointed aviation veteran Ted Farid as vice president of sales for the Asia-Pacific region, which includes North and South Asia and India.

Farid joined the company in 1996 and most recently served as senior vice president for international sales and new business development.

He also has held leadership positions in international sales and marketing at Bombardier Learjet and Cessna Aircraft Co.

Farid holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Northrop Institute of Technology in Inglewood, Calif., and is a private pilot.


Hawker Beechcraft runs King Air promotion as it prepares to emerge from bankruptcy

Hawker Beechcraft wants to gain momentum for 2013 as it prepares to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy a smaller, restructured company, it said.

Customers who buy and take delivery of a King Air 250 or King Air 350i by Feb. 28 will receive credit for a Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics upgrade at no cost, the company said in a press release.

The primary and multi-function touch-screen flight displays come with synthetic vision and a graphical flight management system.

Hawker Beechcraft filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on May 3.

It plans to emerge from the restructuring a smaller company focused on King Air and Beechcraft products and its military and aftermarket business.

A hearing seeking confirmation from the bankruptcy judge of the company’s restructuring plan is scheduled for Jan. 31.

Hawker Beechcraft is planning to emerge from bankruptcy in the second half of February.