December 10, 2009
By Alton K. Marsh
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has awarded a type certificate for the composite-construction Hawker 4000 super-midsize business jet. Deliveries into China are scheduled to begin early next year.
“We continue to see strength in the Asian market and are excited to provide our customers in China with yet another option in our superior lineup of aircraft,” said Hawker Beechcraft Executive Vice President Shawn Vick.
China adds to the growing list of Hawker 4000 certified countries, which includes Bermuda, Honduras, India, Isle of Man, New Zealand, Nigeria, South Africa, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and the United States.
The takeoff field length is 5,068 feet. It can climb from sea level to 37,000 feet in just over 14 minutes. Once at altitude, the Hawker 4000 accelerates to its maximum cruise speed of Mach 0.84. It is powered by Pratt and Whitney Canada PW308A engines delivering 6,900 pounds of thrust each.
Eight teenagers got down to business on their first day of a two-week odyssey in which they will help to build two Glasair kit airplanes.
OpenAirplane is a new service that simplifies the process for pilots wanting to rent aircraft outside of their home base.
The GACE Flying Club, which grew from a club for Grumman employees, prides itself on offering members low-cost, safe flying and social events.