May 24, 2011
By Alton K. Marsh
The upgrade for the Hawker 800XPR to Honeywell TFE731-50R engines is expected to be certified this summer. The upgrade was announced last year.
Ground runs are in progress. FAA certification could come as early as next month, with certification in Europe by July.
“We have received significant operator interest in this upgrade program due to the economics of this upgrade package and the fact that it is based on proven technology that is currently flying in the Hawker 900XP,” said Christi Tannahill, Hawker Beechcraft vice president.
The upgrade includes Hawker winglets and, with the new engines, greater range, better time to climb and faster cruise speeds. Capable of 5,000 pounds of thrust, flat rated to 4,660 pounds, the TFE731-50R engines will give the aircraft a range of more than 2,800 nautical miles.
Optional avionics and interior upgrades can be part of the upgrade, depending on the customer.
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.
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