During the Chapter 11 process, the company closed three of its service centers, but still has a network of 10 facilities in the U.S., Mexico and the U.K. Its Global Customer Support unit additionally is continuing to work on programs that include the Hawker 400XPR and 800XPR upgrades.
Regarding its existing product lines, Boisture concedes that the bankruptcy process had shaken some of the confidence of potential customers – particularly after the decision to cancel certain warranties on the jet lines. But confidence improved as the company came closer to exiting the bankruptcy process.
This is particularly true in the special mission/military trainer markets, Boisture adds. Beechcraft departs bankruptcy protection just days before the U.S. Air Force is slated to announce a decision on the rebid of its Light Air Support contract. Beechcraft is offering its AT-6 single turboprop for the contract. That decision announcement, originally expected in January, is now scheduled for Feb. 22.