Williams FJ44

May 29, 2008 - 11:49am

The PiperJet prototype appears poised to make an on-schedule first flight in the next two months as static testing winds down on the airplane. As of yesterday, the jet single’s bonded metal wing and horizontal tail sections were tethered to a static test rig via a series of cables, looking much like a marionette. But those cables will be shed in about a week before the jet single is prepped for first flight.

May 28, 2008 - 7:11am

Hawker Beechcraft launched the Premier II update to the single-pilot Premier I on May 19 on the eve of the EBACE show in Geneva. The Premier II climbs to altitude more quickly, flies farther and carries a greater load than the airplane it replaces.

May 23, 2008 - 7:37am

Sierra Industries is turning from base to final for approval of its Williams FJ44-engine modification program for the Cessna Citation 501SP, which it calls the FJ44 Eagle II. “We’ve been flying the aircraft very hard for the last three months and, barring any big problems, hope to be finished shortly after Thanksgiving,” said Chip King, Sierra program engineer.

May 22, 2008 - 6:16am

With the completion of its first run on October 31, Pratt & Whitney Canada initiated testing of its 2,500-lb-thrust PW625F engine demonstrator. The company plans to develop a family of turbofans for light business jets. P&WC claims the PW625F will provide optimum performance and “significantly reduced ownership costs.” The engine is aimed at the market now dominated by the Williams FJ44 series.

May 22, 2008 - 6:15am

With the completion of its first run on October 31, Pratt & Whitney Canada initiated testing of its 2,500-lb-thrust PW625F engine demonstrator. The company plans to develop a family of turbofans for light business jets. P&WC claims the PW625F will provide optimum performance and “significantly reduced ownership costs.” The engine is aimed at the market now dominated by the Williams FJ44 series.

May 20, 2008 - 10:45am

After announcing the launch of the Premier II on Monday, Hawker Beechcraft yesterday revealed it has firm orders for 40 aircraft and lesser commitments for another 30 of the upgraded version of the Premier IA. Firm orders are held by nonrefundable deposits. The Premier II features more powerful 3,050-pound Williams International FJ44-3AP engines, longer range (1,500 nm versus 1,150 nm) and a faster top speed (465 knots at 33,000 feet).

May 19, 2008 - 12:15pm

Hawker Beechcraft announced the long-awaited upgrade of the Premier light jet yesterday evening, highlighting improvements in range, time to climb, maximum altitude, payload and top speed. The company will continue producing the Premier IA after the Premier II is certified in the first quarter of 2010 and begins deliveries in the second quarter.

May 19, 2008 - 8:44am

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.

May 17, 2008 - 5:28am

Cessna Aircraft is here at EBACE, sailing high after the successful first flight of its Citation CJ4 prototype early this month. The Wichita, Kansas- based airframer said the two-hour and 22-minute flight, which reached an altitude of 16,000 feet, consisted of flight maneuvers aimed at evaluating stability and control along with initial control systems evaluations.

May 6, 2008 - 9:04am

Cessna Aircraft racked up orders for 156 Citation CJ3s (of which 100 are for NetJets and 25 for CitationShares) in the two days following its launch on the opening day of last month’s NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla. The new CJ3 is a stretched derivative of the hot-selling Citation CJ2–itself a stretched derivative of its popular CitationJet/CJ1.

 
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