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.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
Beringer Wheels and Brakes announced the availability of several types of aircraft wheels on July 29 at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and said a new anti-groundloop tailwheel design is forthcoming.
The widespread presence of angle-of-attack indicators in general aviation aircraft could reduce fatal loss-of-control accidents caused by inadvertent stalls, said the FAA.
Flight Design says production and testing of its four-seat C4 is on target despite the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
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