Hawker Beechcraft GCS also announced here at EBACE its development of an aftermarket retrofit kit for Hawker winglets on the Hawker 750. Emmanuel Muntmark with Monsson S.A. of Romania, is the launch customer for the modification. Bucharest-based Alfa Air flies Muntmark’s Hawker 750 for charter.
Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (GCS), which provides aftermarket service and support for all aircraft platforms of the U.S. airframer, also handles enhancements and modifications of those aircraft. Here in Geneva, GCS is highlighting new developments of several aircraft, including the Hawker 400XPR, the Hawker 750 and the King Air 200GTR.
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.
Dassault unveiled its latest business jet–the Falcon 2000S–today in Geneva on the eve of the EBACE show.
Today at EBACE, Bombardier said it selected four additional suppliers to the new Global 7000 and 8000 programs. The companies join Cincinnati, Ohio-based General Electric Aviation, which will provide the integrated propulsion system for the aircraft. France’s Aerolia will design and manufacture the center fuselage, marking the first major external order win for the EADS subsidiary.
Hawker Beechcraft’s King Air 250 made its public debut last month at the Sun ’n’ Fun International Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla. The $5.79 million turboprop twin, a replacement for the King Air 200GT, was unveiled at the NBAA Convention in October.
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.
Gulfstream has completed several icing certification test points on the G250. S/N 2001 has flown with simulated ice shapes applied to the non-heated areas of the aircraft, including the nose, tail, winglets and engine pylons. Meanwhile, S/N 2002 completed anti-ice system dry-air testing, paving the way for certification flight testing into known icing conditions, which at press time were expected to start in the U.S.
Since Aviation Partners announced in October that it would begin accepting orders for its drag-reducing blended winglets for the Dassault Falcon 900 series, the Seattle-based modification specialist has tallied firm commitments to equip at least 10 aircraft. Award of the STC is expected next month. Once approved, the $575,000 modification can be retrofitted to existing Falcon 900s.