Business aviation entrepreneur Kenn Ricci has a unique perspective on the industry that to his diverse holdings that includes fractional provider Flight Options, maintenance firm Constant Aviation and aircraft remanufacturer Nextant Aerospace. To get his take on the state of the bizav industry, AIN sat down with him at the EBACE show, and he gave a fairly candid view.
Nextant Aerospace expects to deliver more than 30 of its 400XTs by the end of 2012, according to CEO Ken Ricci. At an EBACE show press conference yesterday, Ricci insisted that the U.S. company “remanufactures” Hawker Beechcraft 400A/XPs, rather than simply converting them. “That’s truly the difference between us and what Hawker Beechcraft has contracted Sierra Industries to do to create the 400XPR,” he declared.
Nextant Aerospace is delivering the tenth example of its Nextant 400XT here at EBACE 2012. The re-engined and cockpit-upgraded reworkings of Hawker Beechcraft’s Beechjet 400A are in demand on this of the Atlantic, according to the company.
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 first production-conforming Nextant Aerospace 400XT is making its public debut on the EBACE static display, just days after the type’s Williams FJ44-3AP engines received U.S. FAA technical standard order (TSO) approval.
The first production-conforming Nextant Aerospace 400XT made its public debut today at the EBACE static area, just days after the type’s Williams FJ44-3AP engines were TSO’d by the FAA. The remanufactured twinjet arrived yesterday into Geneva Airport, where EBACE is being held this week, from Nextant’s base at Cleveland Cuyahoga Airport with just two fuel stops along the way–Goose Bay, Canada, and Keflavik, Iceland.
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.
Parts counterfeiting presents a serious concern for manufacturers, and a California company has designed a technique to protect OEMs and operators. “About two percent of the 26 million parts installed on aircraft worldwide
are counterfeit; that’s roughly half a million parts, ranging from hardware to advanced electronics equipment,” Ben Jun, vice president of technology for Crypto- graphy Research, told AIN.
Robinson Helicopter Co. (RHC) will break ground on a 50-percent expansion of its Torrance, Calif. factory later this year. The 260,000-sq-ft combination manufacturing plant, flight-test facility and delivery center will extend westward along the south side of Torrance Airport’s Runway 11/29, adding 130,000 sq ft.
Lord Corp. (Booth No. 563) has come to Heli-Expo on a mission: to announce to the helicopter world that it’s more than just a parts supplier, it’s a systems integrator.
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