Paris Air Show

A new name at Paris: Hawker Beechcraft Corp.

 - June 17, 2007, 8:47 AM

Hawker Beechcraft Corp. is here for the first time in its new form, since Onex Partners and GS Capital Partners acquired the company from Raytheon. On the static display, it is exhibiting several business aircraft, including three jets–a Hawker 4000, a Hawker 850XP and a Beechcraft Premier IA–and a Beechcraft King Air 350ER turboprop.

The Hawker 4000 (née Horizon) is a super-midsize jet. It can carry six passengers at Mach 0.82 over 3,000 nautical miles. The twinjet received its Federal Aviation Administration type certification last year. Deliveries have not started yet, though. Like the superlight Premier IA, the Hawker 4000 features an all-composite fuselage.

The midsize Hawker 850XP is still in production but will be superseded by two models using the same airframe basis. The Hawker 900XP will feature a 2,900-nm range, notably thanks to winglets. It is to be certified this summer. The Hawker 750, a 2,100-nm derivative, will have a heated luggage compartment in lieu of the aft-ventral fuel tank. Its certification should be achieved by the end of the year.

The King Air 350ER can cruise as fast as 300 knots. The ER designation stands for extended range. With full payload, it can fly out 100 nm, perform a low-altitude surveillance mission for more than seven hours and fly back. Certification is pegged for later this year.