Hawker Pacific has successfully delivered the fourth and final special mission Beechcraft King Air 350 to the New Zealand Defence Force, which will help deliver aircrew training.
New Zealand’s Minister of Defence, Ron Mark, welcomed the acceptance of the the fourth and final Beechcraft King Air 350 (KA350) delivery for use by the by the Royal New Zealand Air Force at Base Ohakea.
Under a 10-year agreement with the NZDF, Hawker Pacific is responsible for acquisition, modification and delivery of four multi-functioned mission focused KA350 aircraft.
It is also charged with delivering transport and training systems through real in-flight and virtual methods, and supporting these with a ground base training system, including engineering and logistics support.
Craig Purry, vice president government business Asia-Pacific, Jet Aviation, said, "Our experts in special missions and those of our strategic partners (Marops and Collins Aerospace) have spent three and a half years alongside the RNZAF and NZDF in bringing this comprehensive training capability to life. I know these modified, mission-focused aircraft and ground training systems will deliver on their assignments."
Building on the NZDF interim Advanced Pilot Training Capability that served its former Beechcraft King Air 200 fleet, this new aircrew training capability provides airborne and ground training systems for multi-engine pilot training while concurrently training and graduating air warfare officers for the first time in New Zealand in more than two decades.
"Hawker Pacific is proud to have successfully completed this milestone delivery to the NZDF," Purry added.
Jet Aviation, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, was founded in Switzerland in 1967 and is one of the leading business aviation services companies in the world. Nearly 4,500 employees cater to client needs from some 50 facilities throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia-Pacific, North America and the Caribbean.
The company provides maintenance, completions and refurbishment, engineering, FBO and fuel services, along with aircraft management, charter services and personnel services. Jet Aviation's European and US aircraft management and charter divisions jointly manage a fleet of some 300 aircraft.