Beechcraft announced at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention & Exhibition in Orlando that its Hawker 400XPR winglet testing and certification is complete. Genuine Hawker Winglets are now available for installation on Beechjet 400A / Hawker 400XP aircraft at Textron Aviation service centers.
With a lightweight construction, these winglets feature a two-year warranty and LED position lights with 5,000 hour average lifetime. The winglet system increases wing aspect ratio to reduce induced drag and allows the airplane to fly farther on less fuel, according to company officials.
By increasing wing surface area, the winglets provide greater slow speed handling and improved stability at higher flight levels. Preliminary performance data shows that aircraft upgraded with Genuine Hawker Winglets should see a 3 to 4 percent increase in range.
Once fully certified, the Hawker 400XPR package will include the Genuine Hawker Winglets and new Williams International FJ44-4A-32 engines, which combined are projected to realize a 33 percent increase in range along with improvements in runway and hot/high performance. The Williams International FJ44-4A-32 engines will enable the Hawker 400XPR to climb directly to FL450 in only 19 minutes at max takeoff weight. Based on preliminary performance data, the 400XPR will fly 1,970 nautical miles with four passengers departing a 5,000-foot elevation airport at 30°C.
In addition to winglets and new engines, the Hawker 400XPR package can include upgrades to the aircraft’s exterior, cabin and cockpit, including Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 or Garmin G5000 flight deck installations.