Tue, Feb 17, 2009
Hawker Beechcraft Bringing All Sales In-House For 2009
Marking the end of a 63-year relationship as one of the leading
dealers of Beechcraft products, Cutter Aviation accepted delivery
of the last dealer-sold Beechcraft G36 Bonanza on Tuesday, February
3 from the Hawker Beechcraft Company (HBC) in Wichita, KS.
Cutter tells ANN the delivery heralded the end of the Hawker
Beechcraft dealer network era, which was dissolved at the beginning
of 2009 when the planemaker decided to make all sales of new
aircraft factory-direct. That move was part of efforts to increase
Hawker Beech's profitability at a time when the industry is
gripped by declining sales, and massive
Finished in overall bright red with yellow and black trim, the
G36 was painted to match the first Bonanza accepted by Cutter
Aviation in 1946. The FAA registration "N460YR" pays tribute to
Cutter Aviation's dealer standing "For Over Sixty Years."
The Bonanza was accepted and flown to Cutter Aviation Phoenix by
William R. 'Bill' Cutter and Sid Cutter. The two brothers were the
second generation owners of Cutter Aviation after taking over from
their father William P. Cutter who founded the company in 1928.
Current Cutter Aviation President and third generation Will Cutter
was on hand at the delivery as well as over a dozen current and
past dealers and salespeople from the Beechcraft dealer
"Nearly two thousand Beechcraft aircraft passed through Cutter
Aviation’s doors in the time we were a dealer and we thought
it appropriate to mark the end of the tradition with this Bonanza,"
said Will Cutter about the new aircraft. "We were there in the
beginning and now were here at the very end."
Though HBC has removed all new aircraft dealership titles from
the various FBOs that held them up until 2008, Cutter personnel say
their business remains committed to the Beechcraft product line and
looks forward to a bright future with pre-owned aircraft sales and
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