Nextant Aerospace is currently busy developing the G90XT, which applies the company’s remanufacturing concept to the Beechcraft King Air C90. Key changes include General Electric H75 engines, Garmin G1000 avionics, cabin upgrades and aerodynamic modifications.
Nextant has taken delivery of the King Air C90 that will serve as the prototype for the G90XT, flying it for the first time last week. The aircraft is going to Seattle for initial flight-tests to establish baseline performance figures. Next month, the two H75 turboprops–already delivered to Nextant–will be installed.
After initial engine tests on the prototype, additional elements will be added, including the new avionics suite, cabin interior and aerodynamic refinements. All of the changes will be approved as an STC amendment.
By the end of July, Nextant hopes to have proved the performance benefits offered by the G90XT. At that point the company will open the order book for the aircraft. Deliveries are scheduled to start by year-end.
Initial G90XT deliveries will come from the company’s facility in Cleveland, Ohio. However, Nextant is in discussions with various companies that could undertake the remanufacturing work in various parts of the world, based on Nextant-supplied kits.