Hawker 400XPR engine test article completes first flight
Hawker Beechcraft Global
Customer Support (GCS) announced the successful first flight of the Hawker
400XPR engine test article. This was the first flight of an upgraded aircraft
with new Williams International FJ44-4A-32 engines.
The Hawker 400XPR upgrade
combines the increased power of the Williams International FJ44-4A-32 engines
with the aerodynamics of Hawker Winglets.
Also available are optional
Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics and a number of system enhancements that
significantly improve performance, operating cost and resale value. The company
anticipates certification in September 2012.
“The first flight of the Hawker
400XPR engine test article is a major milestone and significant achievement for
our design and production teams,” said Christi Tannahill, senior vice
president, Hawker Beechcraft GCS. “Hawker Beechcraft and its partners spent
countless hours and great effort to ensure the Hawker 400XPR exceeds the needs
our customers require in their light-jet aircraft. We continue to see great
demand for this upgrade in the market and look forward to certification and
deliveries commencing later in the year.”