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October 5, 2011
By Alton K. Marsh
Cleveland-based Nextant Aerospace has received FAA certification for its $3.975 million Nextant 400XT. It comprises a remanufactured airframe from the Beechjet 400A/XP aircraft, Williams FJ44-3AP turbofan engines, Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics, advanced electronics, and rebuilt interiors.
All life-limited components are returned to zero-time status, either through replacement or overhaul. The first deliveries begin in this month, part of a 40-airplane order from Flight Options, a fractional jet company.
The aircraft is claimed to have a range of 2,005 nautical miles with four passengers and NBAA IFR reserves, a 50-percent increase over the 400XP. Cruising speed is 460 knots true airspeed. The company claims a fuel efficiency improvement of 25 to 30 percent, depending on the length of the flight segment. Noise compliance is said to exceed stage four requirements.
The 400XT is delivered as a new aircraft with a two-year, tip-to-tail warranty and support services. They include a national service network with seven centers around the country and flight training in a Level D simulator.
Cabin entertainment includes high-speed Internet.
A small team of specialists at NASA’s Langley Research Center has taken to the skies in a Falcon jet hunting bugs.
It takes off and lands like a helicopter, cruises like an airplane, and autorotates like an autogyro.
In its quest to bring a roadable aircraft to production, Terrafugia turns to crowdsource funding website Wefunder.
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