Kirk Hawkins is no stranger to taking risks. He has flown F-16s in the U.S. Air Force, raced motocross, and logged almost 1,000 skydives.
When the going gets tough, the tough invest in the future.
Though it will not begin deliveries until 2010, Hawker Beechcraft already has received more than 70 orders for the next model in its line of light business jets, the Premier II (
Innovative though the Citation Mustang is, its development is grounded in a long-standing business formula from a solid company, one that has had only four chairmen since 1927.
In 1911, Clyde Cessna charged people 50 cents apiece to watch him perform aerial stunts over Kansas in his state-of-the-art Silver Wings monoplane.
Like most aviation consultants, James Wakeford tells lots of stories about things that have gone wrong.
There are many excellent helicopters that operate successfully from the decks of yachts.
Cross a yacht with an RV and add wings, and you’d have something close to the Grumman Goose.
Aviation consultants are a fairly new breed. Bill Quinn, a consultant based in Portsmouth, N.H., remembers that just a generation ago, people rarely used them.
For very practical reasons, aircraft interiors are made of light, durable materials that happen to be rather dull and utilitarian.