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.
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AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.
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