The first “fully equipped” 400XT twinjet from Nextant Aerospace made its first flight on September 8. Fully equipped means powered by Williams FJ44-3AP engines and with Collins Pro Line 21 avionics installed in the cockpit.
Nextant Aerospace announced late last week that a fully equipped 400XT–powered by new Williams FJ44-3AP engines and carrying Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics–made its first flight on September 8 from Cuyahoga County Airport near Cleveland.
Nextant Aerospace has begun full-power ground runs of its Beechjet-based 400XT with the Williams International FJ44-3AP engines. This marks the final phase of the certification process for the 400XT, which also includes new Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics and a zero-time airframe. Engine certification is progressing on schedule for next year, the company said, with first flight pending at press time.
Nextant Aerospace recently began full-power ground runs of its 400XT with the Williams International FJ44-3AP engines, the company announced yesterday. This marks the final phase of the certification process for the 400XT, a remanufactured Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP light jet fitted with the Williams engines and new Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics, zero-time airframe, new interior and fresh paint.
Hawker Beechcraft Services (HBS) has begun scheduling wide area augmentation system (Waas) upgrades on Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21-equipped King Air 200/300s. This installation follows the introduction of the King Air C90GTi upgrade announced last March. According to an HBS spokesman, the King Air 200/300 Waas upgrade offers operational flexibility and cost savings associated with direct and curved area navigation (Rnav) routes.
The business aviation forum held on June 10 at Teterboro Airport was NBAA’s largest and most successful regional exhibition to date, according to the organizers. Some 1,900 people registered to attend the event, which showcased 90 exhibitors and more than 30 aircraft on the static display, including Embraer’s new Phenom 300 and a Beechjet fitted out with the interior for the Nextant 400Next.
Moline, Ill.-base Elliott Aviation has received supplemental type certificate (STC) approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for the installation of a Honeywell digital flight data recorder (DFDR) in the Beechjet 400/400A and Hawker 400XP. Elliott earned FAA certification for the installation in January. “A DFDR is not required in the U.S.
The I-Shade cabin light management system has been picked by Nextant Aerospace for its 400Next upgrade of the Beechjet 400A.
The I-Shade “smart” windows will be integrated into the Rockwell Collins Venue cabin management system on the 400Next “to create a seamless cabin environment management system.”
Flight Options took delivery of its first Embraer Phenom 300. The Cleveland-based fractional aircraft provider has a firm order for 100 of the light jets and options on 50 more. The Phenom 300s are scheduled to be delivered at a rate of about 10 per year over the next 10 years. The first three fractional Phenoms have already been
Hawker Beechcraft had a busy start to EBACE 2010 yesterday, packing its massive static display here in Geneva with new customers. Then, while the delivery presentation was under way, it finally received European certification for its flagship Hawker 4000 before announcing both a new derivative product and a European partnership.