Beechcraft starts winglet testing on Hawker 400XPR update programme


Beechcraft announced the start of winglet flight testing on the Hawker 400XPR update programme.

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Beechcraft announced the start of winglet flight testing on the Hawker 400XPR update programme.

The Hawker 400XPR upgrade package offers several factory approved airframe modifications to significantly improve performance, operating cost and resale value. The upgrade combines the superior aerodynamics of genuine Hawker winglets and the increased power of the Williams International FJ44-4A-32 engines along with optional Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics and a number of system enhancements.

The Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics system upgrade is certified and the first customer aircraft has been delivered from Hawker Beechcraft Services in Atlanta. The Williams International FJ44-4A-32 engine certification and Hawker winglet certification are on track for completion in the third quarter of the year and Hawker 400XPR deliveries beginning in the fourth quarter.

“We’ve been beating performance estimates in flight testing, and we’re in the final certification phase for the 400XPR,” said Brian Howell, Hawker Beechcraft vice president, Aftermarket Sales and Business. “The popularity of this upgrade is evident – all 2013 slots for the 400XPR upgrade are sold out – and we’re eager to get the 400XPR in the hands of our anticipating customers.”

“The effort we’ve put into developing the Hawker winglets and pairing them with the right engine has helped set this upgrade apart from competitive options,” Howell said. “Customers choosing the Hawker XPR upgrade are doing so foremost for the performance, efficiency and value enhancements, but they are also looking forward to the distinctive ramp presence the winglets provide. And they are choosing the XPR knowing the upgrade is supported by our worldwide network of factory and authorised service centers.”

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