Nextant 400XT Nears FAA Approval

 - May 31, 2011, 10:24 AM

With Williams FJ44-3AP certification finalized on May 12, the Nextant Aerospace 400XT is on course for full approval of its remanufactured Beechjet 400A/400XP this month. At press time, FAA officials were scheduled to wrap up their flight tests by the end of last month, and Nextant president James Miller said function and reliability testing is planned to be completed by June 15. This would pave the way for STC approval by June 30. The company currently has four other aircraft undergoing remanufacturing and expects to deliver eleven 400XTs in total this year, with the first delivery slated for July. Within three years, the delivery rate is expected to rise to 48 annually. Besides the factory-new engines, the $3.975 million 400XT also has new Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 integrated avionics and a zero-timed airframe complete with new paint and interior.