Hawker 400XP / Beechjet 2012 Aircraft Review

We last took a look at the Beechjet aka Hawker 400XP in 2009. The smart move would have been (if you were buying in 2009, which in all fairness, seemed like a good time to buy…) to go with an early 1990s vintage Beechjet 400A.  Then, at least, you’d be the winner of the least depreciation contest – a mere 25%.  But we come bearing good news. Continue reading Hawker 400XP / Beechjet 2012 Aircraft Review

Hawker Files, XPR program not at risk.

The reason why the XPR program is worth noting is that reshaping the company from one that cranked out a lot of good stuff, to one that gives new life to the old good stuff is a trend.  We are looking at the the bellwether of what the future of private jet stuff might look like.  The world is full of great (low time) Learjet and Beechjet fuselages.  There are many more under utilized airframes than there are buyers, and as prices fall, the smart seller needs to have a good reason to command more money from the sophisticated buyer. Continue reading Hawker Files, XPR program not at risk.

Hawker Beechcraft Filing Rumors

Well, it happens to the best of us.  Planning and growth turn out to be two separate things.  In the case of Hawker Beechcraft you can likely point to the declining cachet of having your own jet.  Courting smaller stuff (King Air buyers) and military prospects is a good risk mitigation strategy, but it isn’t where the real money was.   Continue reading Hawker Beechcraft Filing Rumors

The 2012 Hawker Review

Well, it’s that time again.  The Hawker Review gets some love every couple of years and we’re making it available for a while at no charge for the benefit of Hawker 800XP owners (as well as older and newer) and for yet to be Hawker owners.  The big thing to note this year is what is happening to a swath of about 500 serial numbers that wear the Hawker 800XP monicker.   Continue reading The 2012 Hawker Review

Times of Plenty

How many people are there in the world that can buy a jet?  Good news … not enough.

Prices will continue to fall for the foreseeable future for the simple reason that building wealth (and convincing partners) takes time.  Compounding this is the fact that manufacturers need to make new stuff.  Problem: There are lots of great late model deals to be had.  Be it a Hawker, Lear 60 or Astra SPX (now Gulfstream G100 or 150)…. there’s good news on the buying side. Continue reading Times of Plenty

Buy it Right

According to many in the charter management racket, now is the time to buy.  Buying low makes the pain of selling MUCH lower less likely, or at least… less painful.  Buy it right, because you’ll never sell it right.  Legacy hardware that is no longer efficient (especially on a DOC vs. speed basis) is being put out to pasture in a big way. Continue reading Buy it Right

Mark Smith of Kavango Air: Still Funny

Screen Shot 2013-02-05 at 12.13.15 PMAfter all these years, trials and tribulations, not only is Mark as funny as ever, but he’s also an ironman nutcase.  If running an air charter outfit in northern Botswana wasn’t masochistic enough, Mark regularly grinds out 3 hour, 4 hour early morning rides beyond the buffalo fence north of Maun into god knows where for a bite to eat and drink before cruising back into the metropolis of the Okavango Delta. Continue reading Mark Smith of Kavango Air: Still Funny

Makin’ Love to Learjets

This thirsty little Lear 25 is hooking up to tanker because, well … it has short legs.  But let’s not forget it’s offspring – the Lear 35.  Now old enough to be your somewhat annoying son in law, like your son in law, it has also made its mark on the family.

Built in the late 70’s, the Lear 20 and 30 series are actually one of the longest running light jet rockstars of charter and the private jet world.  For the 20 series one reason – amazing design and wing.   Continue reading Makin’ Love to Learjets