Penta Aviation Services, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, has been named the newest Blended Winglet installation center for Aviation Partners Inc. Penta Aviation joins West Star Aviation (Grand Junction, Colo.), Duncan Aviation, Inc. and Wing Aviation (Conroe, Texas) as the fourth authorized Hawker Program installation facility.
“We selected Penta Aviation Services as our Canadian installation center because of their reputation for very high quality work, their strategic location and the fact that they are already the preferred modification and service center for many Hawker operators,” says Hank Thompson, Aviation Partners vice president of operations.
Penta Aviation, a fully authorized independent service center for the Raytheon Hawker, provides light to heavy airframe maintenance, avionics, paint and interior refurbishment to Hawker operators throughout North America.
“It’s a wonderful accolade for our company to be recognized by Aviation Partners as a quality service center and a preferred installation center for Blended Winglet Technology,” says Nigel Argent, Penta Aviation Services general manager. “We’re very pleased to be associated with Aviation Partners Blended Winglet program and we look forward to helping our Hawker customers dramatically improve the performance of their aircraft with this very innovative technology.”
Aviation Partner’s patented Blended Winglet Technology for Raytheon Hawker 800 and 800XP series aircraft received Canadian Transport supplemental type certification on March 7, 2005. A Hawker 800 equipped with Blended Winglets becomes an 800SP while a Blended Winglet Enhanced Hawker 800XP becomes an 800XP2.
Performance enhancing a Hawker series aircraft to an 800SP or 800XP2 ($395,000 for the 800 and $425,000 for the 800XP—both including installation) is one of the best investments an operator can make in today’s market in terms of both performance improvement and return on investment. A Blended Winglet Enhanced
800SP or 800XP2 will fly 30 minutes longer, 180 nm farther and 18 knots faster compared to a standard series Hawker 800. It will also climb higher and cruise faster, at any given cruise weight, than the original airplane, while saving seven percent in fuel burn.
To learn more about Penta Aviation Services, visit [http://www.penta-aviation.com]. To learn more about Aviation Partners, visit [http://www.aviationpartners.com].