May 4, 2010
By Thomas A. Horne
Hawker Beechcraft announced a new program that replaces the Hawker 800XP’s stock, Honeywell 4,660-lbst TFE731 engines with 5,000-lbst Honeywell TFE731-50R powerplants and winglets. The upgrade, called the 800XPR, will make for better hot-and-high performance, and flatrating to 4,660 lbst means more thrust at altitude.
Hawker Beechcraft says that the 800XPR will make direct climbs to Flight Level 410 at max gross takeoff weight in 25 minutes. The XPR’s 70 design and material improvements mean lower noise levels, a seven-percent reduction in specific fuel consumption, reduced carbon emissions, and a 32-percent reduction in Honeywell’s Maintenance Service Plan costs.
The new engines’ periodic and core zone inspection intervals are 3,000 and 6,000 hours, respectively. The stock engines’ inspection intervals are 2,100 and 4,200 hours.
Special introductory pricing is being offered until the end of 2010. Certification of the XPR package is expected later this year.
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne has worked at AOPA since the early 1980s. He began flying in 1975 and has an airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates. He’s flown everything from ultralights to Gulfstreams and ferried numerous piston airplanes across the Atlantic.
The Flying Physicians Association (FPA) has become the latest group to lend support to third-class medical reform and urge government officials to speed up their review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The NPRM would expand the number of pilots who could fly without needing to obtain a third-class medical certificate, a standard that has been successfully used by sport pilots for a decade.
California pilot Christopher Braun has created a revamped version of the cleco plier that is said to be lighter and more ergonomic.
There is no shortage of pilots in eastern Washington, but there does seem to be a scarcity of clubs in that part of the country.
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