Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (GCS) is accelerating the Hawker 400XPR development program by adding a second aircraft to the test program. This aircraft will be used primarily to develop and certify various avionics upgrade options, company officials said.
“This additional aircraft allows us to engineer the program’s optional avionics upgrade concurrently with the Williams International FJ44-4A engine integration,” said Christi Tannahill, Hawker Beechcraft vice president, GCS. “This will keep the momentum going on the certification in order to meet the growing demand from our customers.”
A number of variations of Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics are planned for the Hawker 400XPR. Customers can choose a baseline three-display system or a more advanced four-display system, along with other enhancements to meet their operational needs, she noted.
The Hawker 400XPR three-display avionics system is expected to be certified this summer. It will then be available to all Beechjet 400A and Hawker 400XP aircraft as a stand alone upgrade. Additional 400XPR avionics variations and options will follow.
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 engines with new, more fuel-efficient Williams International FJ44-4A-32 dual FADEC high-bypass turbofans, The upgrade also features the addition of Hawker composite winglets and an optional modernized flight deck with Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics.according to company officials.
The 400XPR package is available exclusively through the factory-owned Hawker Beechcraft Services. For more information: HawkerBeechcraft.com