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.
Dramatic photos circulating on the Internet purporting to show a Williams International FJ44-3A-24 installed on a Cessna Citation CJ2+ destroyed by exposure to volcanic ash from the recent eruption in Iceland are “complete fiction,” according to Brad Thress, Cessna vice president of product support. The incident occurred about a month before the April eruption, he said. “It’s viral,” Thress said.
The largest airplane in Cessna’s CitationJet line, the CJ4, received FAA certification on March 12. Cessna delivered the first copy on April 15. The $9 million (2010 $) CJ4 has an mtow of 10,400 pounds. That should grow to 10,600 pounds after S/N 360 and 10,700 pounds after S/N 600, according to the CJ4’s FAA type certificate data sheet. Fuel capacity is 3,220 pounds in two wing tanks.
The Premier II program is making progress, with first flight occurring in mid-March.
Cessna Aircraft delivered the first Citation CJ4 on April 15, just a month after obtaining type approval for the light twinjet from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.
The updated version of the Premier was expected to fly in December but that has been moved to this month, according to Hawker Beechcraft. The Premier II will offer improved efficiency thanks to its 3,050-pound-thrust Williams International FJ44-3AP engines.
Dr. Sam Williams, founder and chairman of engine manufacturer Williams International, died on June 22 at the age of 88. Best known in business aviation for his small turbofan engines, Williams envisioned a new category of small personal jets. His FJ44 engine spawned the development of aircraft such as Cessna’s CitationJet series and the Emivest SJ30.
Clifford Development and Stevens Aviation have expanded their Clifford Citation 550 and S550 engine conversion partnership. Stevens Aviation will install an optional Rockwell Collins three-display Pro Line 21 IDS that is certified in a dual AHRS (attitude-heading reference system)/turbulence radar configuration.