Hawker Beechcraft is accelerating Hawker 400XPR development by adding a second aircraft to the test program. Slated for certification next year, the 400XPR offers improved range and airfield performance compared with the temporarily suspended 400XP, while reducing noise and emissions by replacing the existing engines with new Williams FJ44-4A-32 turbofans.
The first production-conforming Nextant Aerospace 400XT will make its public debut next month at EBACE in Geneva. The 400XT–a remanufactured Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP with Williams FJ44-3AP engines, Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics and a zero-timed airframe complete with new paint and interior–has better fuel specifics and a greater 2,005-nm range than a base airplane. Winglets will be offered as an option in the near future.
Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (GCS) has announced the appointment of two new authorized service centers. Air Works of Mumbai International Airport in Mumbai, India, has been designated to support the Beechcraft King Air and the Hawker Beechcraft Premier in the region.
Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (GCS) is augmenting its existing service and support resources with the addition of dedicated air and ground mobile support vehicles. According to Christi Tannahill, Hawker Beechcraft vice president for global customer support, the new ground vehicle is built on a 33,000 GVW Freightliner chassis and includes a customized service platform.
Fulfilling a campaign promise, newly installed Florida governor Rick Scott directed the state to sell the state’s two business airplanes–a 2000 Beechcraft King Air 350 and a 2003 Cessna Citation Bravo. His predecessor, Charlie Crist, made frequent use of these aircraft, as the airlines offer few intrastate nonstop flights and Florida’s geographical shape can make for lengthy drives.
Hawker Beechcraft and the State of Kansas announced a formal agreement on December 21 for the airframer to remain in Wichita for the next decade.
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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.