Nextant Aerospace said last month that it completed R&D flight testing for the 400XT, a remanufactured Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP with Williams FJ44-3AP engines and Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics. The flight-test aircraft is undergoing final configuration changes and FAA conformity at Nextant’s Cleveland facilities in preparation for the start of FAA certification flight tests.
For a year marked by a lackluster recovery in flight activity, tepid used aircraft sales and continued slow sales of new light and midsize jets, there was a surprising amount of activity in new aircraft programs.
Bill Boisture is embroiled in the challenge of his career. As chairman and CEO of Hawker Beechcraft (HBC), Boisture leads a manufacturing company at a time when a confluence of debilitating events has decimated the general aviation industry.
Hawker Beechcraft finally revealed firm plans for the long-expected new King Air 250 at the NBAA Convention in October and announced the rebranding of the Premier line as the Hawker 200 as well as a major upgrade program for the Hawker 400XP.
Faced with an FAA mandate to modify all of the Hawker 4000s delivered thus far with fuel system upgrades that meet the latest certification standards, Hawker Beechcraft is combining that work with an extensive upgrade and enhancement program. The fuel system modifications require removal of the interior and fuel system wiring harness isolation and other changes, all of which bring the 4000 to amendment 102 standards of Part 25.
Third-quarter earnings from five business jet OEMs are in, and with the exception of Gulfstream the results aren’t for the squeamish.
Faced with an FAA mandate to modify all of the Hawker 4000s delivered thus far with fuel system upgrades that meet the latest certification standards, Hawker Beechcraft is combining that work with an extensive upgrade and enhancement program.
In the wake of mounting losses, Hawker Beechcraft chairman and CEO Bill Boisture announced on Friday that the Wichita OEM will “temporarily suspend production of the Hawker 400XP to realign supply with demand.” According to an SEC filing, the company expects to cease production and sales of the light jet for two years, with plans to resume production in early 2013.
During its third-quarter earnings conference call last Friday, Hawker Beechcraft had not much good news and more than a little bad news, including the announcement that it will suspend production of its Hawker 400XP for two years.
Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) announced the rebranding of its Premier light jet as the Hawker 200 and introduced the King Air 250, a replacement for the King Air 200GT, at the NBAA Convention. The company also announced an upgrade program for the Hawker 400XP that will include new engines.
The Premier/Hawker 200 re-branding is one result of customer surveys and usage analysis Wichita-based HBC recently conducted.