Raytheon Aircraft this month announced the Hawker 850XP and–true to form–the airplane is an evolution of the Hawker 800XPi, which is itself a recently revealed enhanced version of the Hawker 800XP that is in turn a derivative of the Hawker 800.
With seven full-flight simulators already in place at its new Farnborough flight training center in the UK, FlightSafety International expects to have an additional four “ready for training” (RFT) units by November, with two more by next May. Late last year, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration issued the facility a Part 142 certificate permitting crews to complete FAA-approved training there. This allows pilots from outside the U.S.
Raytheon Aircraft (Booth No. 1044) is considering plans for a new jet to fill the light- to mid-sized gap in its Hawker family. The new model would fit between the 400XP and 800XP aircraft and would compete with Cessna’s Citation XLS and Bombardier’s Learjet 45XR.
On June 14, Beechjet 400A N440DS lost all power from both Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-5 engines while the airplane was in cruise flight at FL380 near Norfolk, Va. Unsure if they could remain clear of clouds, the pilots decided to turn on the engine anti-ice.
Raytheon Aircraft broke ground today for a $16.3 million, 112,000-sq-ft expansion to its Hawker completions facility in Little Rock, Ark. Currently, the facility outfits Hawker 850XPs with interiors, avionics and paint before they are delivered to customers. The facility at present is working “at capacity,” according to the company.
Raytheon Aircraft said it is working with the FAA, NTSB, Transport Canada and Pratt & Whitney Canada to determine the root cause of three Beechjet dual engine flameouts in less than two years (see "Third dual flameout raises questions about Beechjet," AINonline).
In the aftermath of four dual flameouts involving P&WC JT15D-powered Beechjets, the NTSB on Friday issued an urgent recommendation to help prevent further incidents on Beechjets and a broader recommendation calling on the FAA to work with engine and airplane OEMs to develop an ice detector for new engines, as well as for retrofit.
Raytheon Aircraft has provided operators of the Beechjet/Hawker 400XP with revised airplane flight manual (AFM) pages on the use of engine anti-icing procedures intended to prevent further flameouts on the P&WC JT15D-powered twinjet. The revisions, based on Raytheon Aircraft Safety Communiqué No.
Cleveland-based fractional provider Flight Options this morning launched Fractional First, which it describes as a “purchase and use program designed to deliver up to a 15-percent increase in value through access to more hours or savings on long-haul trips.” The new program is the company’s response to the perceived lack of transparency in the industry.
Raytheon has selected AirCell’s ST 3100 satcom system as standard equipment on the Hawker 4000 super-midsize business jet.
Already standard or optional on nearly two dozen aircraft worldwide, the ST 3100 operates on the Iridium satellite system, providing pilots and passengers with all-altitude and all-latitude coverage worldwide.