Deliveries of the Hawker 4000 have not yet begun, despite Hawker Beechcraft saying for more than a month that it would “soon” start shipments of the super-midsize business jet, now in its 12th year of gestation. The FAA currently lists 30 Hawker 4000s–two more than last month–in the U.S. aircraft registry database, all of which are registered to the manufacturer.
An FAA spokesman told AIN that the agency “is working with Hawker Beechcraft to complete an amendment to the Hawker 4000 Type Certificate. The certificate will be issued when all of the documents have been received and reviewed.
But if the Wichita-based aircraft manufacturer doesn’t meet a certification deadline that expires next month, it will have to reapply again for a certification extension, just like it did in May 2006. That two-year extension, which was filed when the five-year time limit expired, caused the Hawker 4000 design to be required to meet the then-latest certification amendments, including stringent fuel tank and hydraulics rules.
A Hawker Beechcraft spokesman maintains that the Wichita manufacturer plans to start delivering Hawker 4000s in the second quarter.