[Avionics Today 11-7-2014] Nextant Aerospace has received Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for its 400XTi aircraft. The Nextant 400XTi is a remanufactured Beechjet 400/Hawker 400A/XP upgraded with a Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 flight deck and Williams International FJ44-3AP engines among other improvements.
Nextant 400XTi. Photo: Nextant Aerospace.
Cleveland, Ohio-based Nextant was launched in 2007, and claims to be the "first company in the world to introduce aircraft remanufacturing to the business jet market." CAAC's airworthiness approval clears the way for potential Chinese owners and operators to acquire the 400XTi. Nextant expects to deliver the 400XTi to its first Chinese customer in the first quarter of 2015.
“The rapid acceptance by both Chinese customers and regulators speaks to the global appeal of Nextant remanufacturing,” said Nextant President and CEO Sean McGeough. “The ability to quickly design, build and certify an aircraft that delivers like-new performance for half the cost allows Chinese customers to leverage the business benefits of the latest business jet technology and a 3,700 km (2,000 nm) range in a fiscally prudent manner.”