October 9, 2011

Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support Completes Hawker 400 Avionics Certification

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LAS VEGAS (Oct. 9, 2011) – Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (GCS) today announced it has completed certification of a three-display Pro Line 4 to Pro Line 21 upgrade for the Hawker/Beechjet 400. The new system replaces the existing Pro Line 4 displays and upgrades the flight management system to FMS 6100. With this significant functional enhancement, operators now have access to electronic charts, XM weather/data, WAAS/LPV, ADS-B out, VHF datalink and an upgrade path for future airspace requirements. A two-year Corporate Aircraft Service Program (CASP) warranty on new and existing Rockwell Collins equipment is included with the upgrade. The certification aircraft is on display at Hawker Beechcraft Corporation’s static display at Henderson Field during the National Business Aviation Association Convention in Las Vegas.

“For Hawker/Beechjet 400 operators, the Pro Line 4 to Pro Line 21 avionics upgrade program provides a significant increase in functionality providing them with more capabilities, more options and more value,” said Christi Tannahill, Hawker Beechcraft vice president, Global Customer Support. “The next step in certification of the Hawker 400XPR program, a four-display version will certify by early 2012 with new Williams FJ44-4 engines certifying by mid-2012. Excitement and orders for the airplane are building.”

Hawker Beechcraft offers customized XPR upgrade packages for existing aircraft owners and XPR Factory Completed Aircraft for those who do not currently own a Hawker/Beechjet 400. Both the XPR upgrade and Factory Completed Aircraft include performance, cost and reliability enhancements only available through Hawker Beechcraft. The Hawker 400XPR is the only Hawker/Beechjet 400A factory-designed, engineered and supported upgrade of this kind. 

Headquartered in Wichita, Kan., GCS is dedicated to improving the value of Hawker Beechcraft aircraft by employing products and services to simplify aircraft ownership, reduce operating cost and increase resale value. GCS is comprised of five functional groups that include Support Plus (cost predictability/warranty programs), Hawker Beechcraft Parts & Distribution (genuine factory parts), Hawker Beechcraft Services (factory-owned service centers), Technical Support (Field Support Representatives, Hot Line specialists and Technical Publications) and Global Mission Support (government business and special mission maintenance / training support).

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation is a world-leading manufacturer of business, special mission, light attack and trainer aircraft – designing, marketing and supporting aviation products and services for businesses, governments and individuals worldwide. The company’s headquarters and major facilities are located in Wichita, Kan., with operations in Salina, Kan.; Little Rock, Ark.; Chester, England, U.K.; and Chihuahua, Mexico. The company leads the industry with a global network of more than 100 factory-owned and authorized service centers. For more information, visit www.hawkerbeechcraft.com.

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