Hawker Beechcraft Co. (HBC) plans to ramp up production deliveries of its super-midsize Hawker 4000 later this year, now that the airplane has weathered a particularly thorny, prolonged development and certification program. The Wichita, Kan., company and its predecessor, Raytheon Aircraft Co. (RAC), spent the lion’s share of their $284-million R&D funds for 2006, 2007 and 2008 on the aircraft, according to U.S. Security and Exchange Commission filings. Hundreds of millions more ...

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