December 13, 2010
By Alton K. Marsh
Hawker Beechcraft Services (HBC) has acquired the first test aircraft and initiated design engineering on its $2.24 million high-performance upgrade for Hawker 400XP and Beechjet 400A aircraft.
“Based on strong customer interest, we are speeding up the pace of the 400XPR development,” said Christi Tannahill, HBC vice president for customer support. “Our design and engineering team is already modeling and evaluating winglet shapes and other aerodynamic improvements, along with preliminary powerplant considerations. The market is ready for a factory designed and supported performance enhancement of this proven light jet.”
The Hawker 400XPR, which is expected to receive certification in 2012, offers improved range and airfield performance while reducing noise and emissions by replacing the existing Pratt & Whitney JT15D-5 Canada engines with new, more fuel-efficient Williams International FJ44-4A-32 dual full authority digital engine controls high-bypass turbofans. The upgrade also features the addition of genuine Hawker composite winglets and an optional modernized flight deck with Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics.
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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