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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Beechcraft Ready to Deliver Upgraded Hawker 400XPRs

 
Beechcraft's Hawker 400XPR upgrade program is ready to make its first three deliveries. 
 
The Wichita, Kan.-based General Aviation (GA) manufacturer offers the factory designed upgrade package with several approved airframe modifications for avionics, engines and winglets. According to Beechcraft, the first aircraft received a Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics system, while the second is receiving new engines, winglets and the Aircell ATG 2000 Wi-FI package. The third aircraft is receiving new engines, winglets and interior cabin upgrades. 
 
“With the difficult market conditions for buying new light and midsize jets, we are seeing strong demand for our XPR programs,” said Brian Howell, Beechcraft vice president, aftermarket sales and business development. "By opting to upgrade their aircraft through the factory, owners are able to add value and more effectively use an existing asset that benefits from increased performance, payload and efficiency at half the cost of a new comparable aircraft.”
 

While the Rockwell Collins upgrade is certified, Beechcraft also expects to add certification on the Garmin G5000 modification in 2015. 

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