Hawker Beechcraft Disowns Aircraft Mods

 - July 31, 2011, 7:50 AM

Nextant Aerospace brushed off a communiqué sent by Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) warning it will not provide any support for aircraft modified without the Wichita manufacturer’s “involvement or approval.” The memo specifically mentions the Nextant 400XT, a remanufactured “zero time” Beechjet with new Williams FJ44-3AP engines and Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics. Nextant vice president of sales and marketing Jay Heublein told AIN that his company will provide full support for the 400XT, including financing, pilot training at CAE, warranty coverage, maintenance, parts, tip-to-tail extended warranty program and engineering assistance. Nextant has seven U.S. maintenance facilities ready to support the twinjet and warranty service centers are now being lined up in other parts of the world. FAA certification of the $4 million 400XT was pending at press time.