Volare Aviation Completes Its First Hawker Blended Winglet Retrofit; Becomes Aviation Partners' Installation Partner in Europe
Aviation Partners, Inc. (API) announces that Oxford, UK-based Volare Aviation completes its first installation of API's blended winglets retrofit on a Hawker 800XPi airplane. Volare Aviation is also now appointed an authorized installation partner for API's Hawker 800 series blended winglet retrofits in Europe.
API’s performance-enhancing blended winglets for the Hawker 800 series airplanes reduce drag by over seven percent at long range cruise. This drag reduction increases range by 180 nautical miles or more; allows the airplane to cruise 15-18 knots faster; enables faster time-to-climb; can reduce or eliminate the need for step-climbs for many missions; and improves second segment climb. In addition, with its unique scimitar tip design, the API blended winglet retrofit gives the Hawker a dramatic new look.
“Current resale prices for the late-model 800XP and 800XPi aircraft have led to a renewed interest in the type, and we are certainly seeing that translate into an increase in winglet sales,” says API president, Gary Dunn. “After a lengthy period without a European installer, we chose Volare Aviation not only for their technical capability but also their deep understanding of the Hawker market in the region. The first installation went very smoothly, and we are already working with Dustin Dryden and his team to complete two more installations in Q1.”
Volare Aviation is a private-jet firm which provides a bespoke service for clients, dependent upon their individual needs. With a 360-degree offering, the business operates services including aircraft sales, aircraft chartering, engineering training, aircraft management, maintenance and refurbishment. Due to its unique ability to deliver on a multitude of services, Volare Aviation is able to provide a complete, custom experience with seamless efficiency. During recent months when the COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented effect on a global scale, more individuals and organizations are seeking to fulfill their travel needs through private aviation.
Dustin Dryden, founder and chairman of Volare Aviation, says, “The capabilities of Aviation Partners Inc. in providing solutions which dramatically improve performance closely matches the Volare Aviation ethos, offering unrivalled customization of aircraft to meet our clients’ needs. API’s blended winglets offer both significant technical capabilities whilst also providing an opportunity for the modernization and stylization of aircraft which our clients own and seek improvements to. We are thrilled to be selected as API’s installation partner for the European market, so we can provide both our insights and expertise as demand for the Hawker series continues to grow.”