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.
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.
The new CEO of Stratos Aircraft (Booth No. 3905) on Monday made the case for his company’s proposed single-engine, carbon-composite very light jet and its supporting business model, even as he declined to provide details about the company’s current employment or release a timetable for the Stratos 714 project.
Stevens Aviation (Booth No. 3201) has struck a deal to market and support the Cessna Citation 550/S550 engine-conversion upgrade program offered by Clifford Development (Static Display), a Toledo, Ohio engineering firm that holds 35 engine-related supplemental type certificates for the model.
The design of new airframes always depends heavily on availability of new engine types. The very light jet segment, for example, had to wait until engine manufacturers Pratt & Whitney Canada and Williams International designed smaller engines to power a new class of light jet, and the same is true on the upper end of the market, with new large jets spurring development of ever more powerful and efficient turbofans.
Hawker Beechcraft yesterday announced that while it is making progress with the Premier II program, market conditions have prompted the company to delay entry into service of the derivative twinjet until late 2012 or early 2013.
Stratos Aircraft is also targeting the four-seat VLJ market, but its entry has one engine, a 3,030-pound-thrust Williams International FJ44-3AP, and more ambitious performance goals, including a 415-knot max cruise, 41,000-foot maximum altitude and 1,500-nm NBAA IFR range (100-nm alternate). Stratos is seeking to raise $12 million to build two flying prototypes and is taking $50,000 refundable and escrowed deposits.
That the annual EAA AirVenture show offers a mouth-watering and impossible-to-swallow cornucopia of everything aviation was never more evident than at this year’s event, where a colossal Airbus A380 shared the ramp at AeroShell Square with Burt Rutan’s most outlandish creation yet, the spaceship-launching Virgin Galactic WhiteKnightTwo built by the talented crew at Scaled Composites.
Dr. Sam Williams, founder and chairman of Williams International, died June 22 at
Dr. Sam Williams, founder and chairman of Williams International, died yesterday at the age of 88, according to a statement issued by his company. Williams patented the small turbofan engine and built on his company’s successful development of tiny cruise missile engines to break into the rarefied world of civil turbine engine manufacturers with introduction of the FJ44 line of turbofans.