Hawker Beechcraft Accelerates 400XPR Certification Program with Second Test Aircraft

WICHITA, Kan. (April 14, 2011) – Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (GCS) today announced it 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.

“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.

The Hawker 400XPR three-display avionics system is expected to certify this summer at which time it will be available to all Beechjet 400A and Hawker 400XP aircraft as a stand alone upgrade. Additional 400XPR avionics variations and options will follow.

As a Hawker Beechcraft factory product, all aspects of 400XPR aerodynamics, avionics and propulsion will be incorporated into the company’s interactive maintenance library and will be fully supported by its 1,000-employee-strong GCS organization.

The Hawker 400XPR, which is expected to receive certification in 2012, offers greatly improved range and airfield performance, while reducing noise footprint 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 genuine Hawker composite winglets and an optional modernized flight deck with Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics.

The 400XPR package is available exclusively through the factory-owned Hawker Beechcraft Services. To learn more, contact Randy Znamenak at 316.993.7409 or Randy_Znamenak@hawkerbeechcraft.com.

Headquartered in Wichita, Kan., Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support is dedicated to improving the value of Hawker Beechcraft aircraft by employing products and services to simplify aircraft ownership, reduce operating cost and increase resale value. GCS is comprised of four functional groups that include Support Plus (cost predictability/warranty programs), Hawker Beechcraft Parts & Distribution (genuine factory parts), Hawker Beechcraft Services (factory-owned service centers) and Technical Support (Field Support Representatives, Hot Line specialists and Technical Publications).

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation is a world-leading manufacturer of business, special mission and trainer aircraft – designing, marketing and supporting aviation products and services for businesses, governments and individuals worldwide. The company’s headquarters and major facilities are located in Wichita, Kan., with operations in Salina, Kan.; Little Rock, Ark.; Chester, England, U.K.; and Chihuahua, Mexico. The company leads the industry with a global network of more than 100 factory-owned and authorized service centers. For more information, visit www.hawkerbeechcraft.com.

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