Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) announced that the flight test program for its Hawker 200 light jet is continuing on schedule and demonstrating substantially higher cruise speeds, lower fuel consumption and fewer carbon emissions at high speed than any current airplane in its class on a typical light jet mission. With four airplanes currently involved in the test program, the Hawker 200 is scheduled for certification during the third quarter of 2012. First deliveries are planned for the fourth quarter of 2012.
“The combination of the Hawker 200’s advanced aerodynamics, lightweight composite construction, high efficiency winglets and new, more powerful engines have demonstrated another element of its performance that is very important – especially to European customers – its carbon emissions are among the lowest in its class,” said HBC Executive Vice President Shawn Vick. “The Hawker 200 can, for example, make the 1000+ mile trip from Geneva to Istanbul faster and with better fuel efficiency than either the Phenom 300 or the Citation CJ4 with emission levels that are approximately 14 percent lower.”
The Hawker 200 is unique because it will fly high and fast, without sacrificing comfort or cost. Capabilities including 450 knots cruise speeds, 45,000 cruise altitudes and 1,500 nautical miles range with four passengers enable the Hawker 200 to perform typical light jet missions while going faster, higher, farther and offering more comfort with its class-leading cabin diameter – all for a lower operating cost per mile and a lower purchase price. In addition to its new winglets, new powerful Williams International FJ44-3AP engines, a gross weight increase and a higher ceiling; the Hawker 200 also features a MultiScan Weather Radar, ADS-B Out capability, wireless database loading, and high reliability with a 400-hour inspection interval and 10-year composite airframe warranty.
Its high strength, state-of-the-art all-composite fuselage makes the Hawker 200 the most technologically advanced single-pilot business jet in the world. HBC has a full scale Hawker 200 interior concept mock-up at its EBACE static display, which features an innovative layout that has been optimized for the light jet mission. The mock-up is an impressive display of potential future Hawker styling and an important tool for HBC to gather specific feedback on customer desires in the new Hawker 200 interior.