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Business aircraft orders for Wichita

ATLANTA — This year’s National Business Aviation Association’s convention in Atlanta is translating into some orders for Wichita planemakers.

Hawker Beechcraft has sold five King Air C90GTX aircraft to its representative in Germany in a deal valued at $18.5 million. The planes are for delivery in 2011.

The company also has had requests for letters of interest for aircraft.

The static display at DeKalb-Peachtree airport was active.

“We’re happy with the traffic,” said General Aviation Manufacturers Association president Pete Bunce. It’s still the economy, however. “We’ve got to get that fixed.”

Textron CEO Scott Donnelly was walking the static display with the company’s chief financial officer. Donnelly said the mood this year is more upbeat. Cessna has had a lot of  interest in the Citation Ten mock-up there. And it has more new products in the works, but he’s not ready to say when those may be announced. Ideally, you want to announce products when the economy brightens so they stimulate sales.