In an effort to meet the increased demand for jet/special mission conversions, Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (GCS)  announced that its Hawker Beechcraft Services facility in Chester, United Kingdom, has developed and certified air ambulance interiors for installation in Hawker 900, 800 and 700 series aircraft. The facility recently delivered its first modified medical evacuation (Medevac) conversion Hawker 900XP midsize jet to a customer in Saudi Arabia. The conversion enables the aircraft to quickly switch between business and medical support flights.

The facility was recently tasked with taking a VIP configuration of its Hawker 900XP best-selling midsize business jet – which can fly up to 5,200 kilometres with eight passengers – and design a system enabling it to undergo a role change from VIP to Medevac when needed. The key requirements were for this role change to be made in less than an hour to keep aircraft downtime to a minimum and allow quick response to medical requirements, as well as ensure that the aesthetics of the VIP layout were not compromised. The conversion was successfully completed in just two months and received full approval from both the European Aviation Safety Authority and the General Authority of Civil Aviation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia before being delivered to the customer.

“This was a very demanding request and our team in Chester responded successfully with the design and implementation of a highly-integrated system that fully met the customer’s requirements,” said Christi Tannahill, Hawker Beechcraft senior vice president, Global Customer Support. “With our center of technical excellence in Chester, we expect to be delivering many similar conversions in the region over the coming years.”

The Hawker Beechcraft Chester facility was chosen because of its experience and knowledge of the Hawker platform. The facility has been modifying Hawker 900, 800 and 700 series aircraft for nearly 50 years.

Hawker Beechcraft has a long history in Medevac production, having manufactured nearly 40 percent of all airplanes currently registered to air ambulance operators around the globe – almost twice as many as the next manufacturer. The majority are King Air and Hawker 900, 800 and 700 series aircraft; however, nearly all Hawker and Beechcraft products can be converted to air ambulance and completed at the company’s factory-owned service centers.