Beechcraft hopes to sign up a launch customer for the AT-6 light-attack aircraft by year’s end, having flown the company-owned first production aircraft on Aug. 20. “There are a couple of customers we are working with,” says Russ Bartlett, president of Beechcraft Defense Co., describing negotiations as “very mature.” One customer is looking for around 24 AT-6s and the other a “similar or higher” number of aircraft, he says, adding Beechcraft is ready to begin deliveries 18 months from ...

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