For another intermission between posts, I’ve decided to stop my regular programming for a bit and veer off into “short news” territory 🙂 . The reasons behind this temporary change of tone are two bits of information that I believe my readers could find interesting – the first of which concerns my admission of defeat at the hands of modern social media 😀 .
In an attempt at some self-promotion, I’ve decided to get with the 21st century program and open Achtung, Skyhawk! a Twitter account 🙂 . While the latter’s very concept is completely at odds with the extensive articles I publish here, it does have some very good uses, the first of which is as a message board for fresh articles and interesting photos coming to this site. Additionally – though this is of regional importance only – it will also find use as an information system for announcements of rare and exciting aircraft visiting Zagreb, as well as for keeping track of aircraft movements to and from the Croatian register 🙂 .
The second bit of news though has considerably more effect on the GA landscape – and had, ironically, been brought to my attention by none other than Cessna’s Twitter account 😀 . In a move that will likely stir up the distribution of power on the light aircraft market, Cessna’s parent company Textron has announced the successful completion of its acquisition of Beechcraft, newly independent from its previous owner Raytheon. Along with the remnants of Hawker – itself collateral damage from Beechcraft’s recent bankruptcy – these two companies will now be integrated into a wholly new entity called Textron Aviation, all the while still retaining their familiar brand identities. With Bell Helicopters already under its umbrella, Textron is – for better or worse – fast becoming the VW Group of the GA world… 🙂
With these interesting times ahead, it is only fair that I return to form with a topical photo – a Hawker that was a Mitsubishi before becoming a Beech after being bought by Raytheon… and now integrated with Cessna into Textron :D.