Hawker 4000 sets new speed records

 - October 20, 2010, 1:19 PM

Hawker Beechcraft’s (HBC) flagship super-midsize Hawker 4000 received six world speed records at NBAA for flights made between October of 2009 and April 2010, all set in the “Speed Over a Recognized Course” category. The awards were presented by National Aeronautic Association (NAA) president Jonathan Gaffney and are sanctioned by both the NAA and the Federation Aeronautique International.

“These records are a testament to the performance and technology of the Hawker 4000,” said Shawn Vick, HBC executive vice president. “We are pleased to add these records to the growing list of accolades and positive feedback that we are receiving from the aviation community.”

The latest record, from Bedford, Mass., to London, covered 3,284 nm at an average speed of 542.70 mph. Five previous records, announced at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva were from Lisbon to Berlin (482.13 mph), Berlin to Milan (395.62 mph), Milan to Bahrain (480. 14 mph), Bahrain to London (454.42 mph) and London to Dubai (540.39 mph). The Hawker 4000 can climb from sea level to FL370 in just over 14 minutes and has a maximum cruise speed of Mach 0.84.