Hawker Beechcraft Premieres the Premier II at EBACE
This afternoon at EBACE Hawker Beechcraft announced the $7.365 million (2010 $) Premier II, a long-awaited performance-enhanced version of the Premier IA. Driving the Premier II upgrade are 3,050-pound-thrust Williams International FJ44-3AP engines, which replace the 2,300-pound-thrust FJ44-2As on the IA, blended winglets and splayed ventral fins, but no fuselage stretch. The more powerful engines are Fadec-controlled and have a 4,000-hour TBO, up from 3,500. The Premier II’s maximum takeoff weight also grows to 13,800 pounds, requiring Part 23 commuter category certification, though single-pilot capability is retained. Compared with its predecessor, the Premier II’s NBAA IFR range increases by 350 nm to 1,500 nm, maximum altitude climbs by 4,000 feet to 45,000 feet and maximum cruise speed rises by 15 knots to 365 knots. Carbon brakes will be standard, along with an L-3 GH-3100 electronic standby instrument system. Hawker Beechcraft commercial aircraft president Brad Hatt said the Premier II upgrades address “the primary shortcoming of the Premier I, and that is range.” Premier II deliveries are slated to begin in the second quarter of 2010.