“There's nothing in the market for the price that touches the airplane.”
Dwayne Clemens knows Beechjets better than most. A former Beechcraft employee turned full-service FBO owner in the air capital, he’s well-versed in the capabilities and value a Beechjet brings to a company. After utilizing Textron Aviation’s global customer service team to add winglets to his Beechjets, he said the aircraft are like new.
He started by adding the winglets to three of his planes.
“We noticed about a 15% increase in range and 15% less fuel burn because of the winglets,” Clemens said.
Those numbers made the decision an easy one. From there, it was full speed ahead to finish out all 15 of the fleet. Clemens said it was worth it.
“The combination of the winglets and the G5000 makes the airplane state of the art,” he said. “With the nine-person cabin, 45,000-foot altitude and 16 or 17-hundred nautical mile range, there’s nothing that touches it.”
Genuine Beechjet/Hawker Winglets have a lightweight construction and are extremely strong, so there is no impact on wing life or aircraft inspection schedules. By increasing wing aspect ratio and reducing induced drag, the winglets increase range and decrease fuel burn. By increasing wing surface area, the winglets provide greater slow speed handling and improved stability at higher flight levels.
Testing and certification finished in 2014 opening installation options for Beechjet 400A and Hawker 400XP aircraft.
But it wasn’t just the performance data that had Clemens singing praise to his decision to upgrade the aircraft. He said the experience with Textron Aviation was wonderful.
“It's great. They tell you the delivery date and that's what it is. It's always perfect. Never had one thing wrong,” he said. “I'd highly recommend a Textron Aviation Service Center to do the winglets or anything else. They just always do a great job.”
Clemens said he can’t recommend the upgrade enough, citing incredible performance for his company with the numbers to prove it.
“The winglets make it a whole new airplane. It’s amazing. I had 10,000 hours flight test in this airplane when they came out with the winglets,” he said. “It’s a whole different airplane for the better.”