Beechcraft to Protest U.S. Air Force Decision

                Beechcraft to Protest U.S. Air Force Decision

PR Newswire

WICHITA, Kan., March 8, 2013

WICHITA, Kan., March 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Beechcraft Corporation
today announced that it will formally protest to the U.S. Government
Accountability Office (GAO) the U.S. Air Force's (USAF) recent award of the
Light Air Support contract to its Brazilian competitor, Embraer. An estimated
1400 jobs in Kansas and other states are in jeopardy as a result of the Air
Force decision.

"Following our debrief with the Air Force earlier this week, we are very
perplexed by this decision," said Bill Boisture, CEO, Beechcraft. "Our belief
that we have the best aircraft was confirmed by the Air Force rating our
aircraft 'exceptional' and the fact that we are the lower cost solution was
confirmed by the USAF's public award announcement."

Last year, an Air Force investigation found evidence of bias toward
Brazil-based Embraer and its Nevada-based partner, Sierra Nevada (SNC), which
led to the decision to restart the competition. Although SNC later sued the
Air Force attempting to enforce the biased decision, U.S. Court of Federal
Claims Judge Christine O.C. Miller wrote in her Nov. 1, 2012, opinion that
based on the investigation's evidence of bias "the Air Force's decision to
cancel the contract award to SNC and re-solicit proposals was reasonable and
rational and should stand."

"We simply don't understand how the Air Force can justify spending over 40
percent more – over $125 million more – for what we consider to be less
capable aircraft," Boisture said. "Given our experience of last year and our
continued strong concern that there are again significant errors in the
process and evaluation in this competition, we are left with no recourse other
than to file a protest with the GAO. The Air Force needs to make the right
decision for the nation and our future allies."

About Beechcraft Corporation

Beechcraft Corporation designs, builds and supports versatile and globally
renowned aircraft, including the King Air turboprops, piston-engine Baron and
Bonanza, and the T-6 trainer and AT-6 light attack military aircraft. Its
5,400 highly skilled employees are focused on continuously improving the
company's products and services which are sold to individuals, businesses and
governments worldwide. In business since 1932, Beechcraft has built more than
54,000 aircraft and more than 36,000 continue flying today. It leads the
industry with a global network of more than 90 factory-owned and authorized
service centers. The company's headquarters and major manufacturing facilities
are located in Wichita, Kan. For more information, visit or
follow us on Twitter @Beechcraft.

Media contact:
Nicole Alexander

SOURCE Beechcraft Corporation

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