- Nextant Receives FAA Certification That Integrates New and Novel, Single-Lever Power Control Technology with Previously Certified Engine and Avionics Combination
- G90XT is World’s First Turbo Prop to Feature Single-Lever Power Control Technology with a Complete Electronic Engine Control System
- G90XT Represents First Technology Breakthrough For King Air Market in Decades
CLEVELAND, OHIO, Tuesday, February 06, 2018 – Nextant Aerospace, builders of the 400XTi, and newly announced Challenger 604XT, today announced that it had received the final piece of FAA certification that combines the new single-lever power control system with the previously certified engine and avionics combination on the G90XT turbo-prop aircraft.
“From the launch of this program, our goal was to bring a level of technology to the King Air platform that has been missing for decades,” stated Nextant Executive, Jay Heublein. “While the King Air is recognized as the most successful platform in the history of business aviation, the fleet has not benefited from the significant advances in technology that its counterpart in the jet market has. This has been primarily driven by a lack of competition in the space but fortunately for King Air operators, they now have a new choice!”
The G90XT features the GE H75 engine along with a fully integrated GARMIN G1000 flight deck. In addition to the new power control system, other key technology “firsts” for this airframe include: a cockpit that integrates both engine and fuel monitoring on a digital basis into the MFD, an all-new digital pressurization system, new environmental cooling system that triples the previous cooling capacity of the plane, and an all-new interior that features a new composite shell and incorporates new seats along with an improved cabin layout. In addition to the new technology, the aircraft demonstrates a 20-knot speed advantage at altitude when compared to current production, competitive aircraft.
“All along our goal was to introduce technology that would significantly reduce pilot workload in the cockpit and improve the ability for pilots to safely operate the aircraft,” stated Nathan Marker, Vice President for Flight Operations. “I can say with complete certainty that I have never operated a twin-engine turbo-prop that was easier to fly and that better positions pilots to effectively manage potential emergency situations.”
With FAA certification now complete, Nextant expects that EASA validation will occur within 90 to 120 days. Nextant today also announced that it will begin a national demonstration tour featuring the aircraft. Interested parties are encouraged to contact Nextant for a summary of regional showings.
About Nextant Aerospace
Nextant’s pioneering process for the remanufacturing of business jets is now recognized as an established technical and commercial success worldwide. Their first aircraft, the 400XTi, has posted sales of 70 aircraft in 13 countries. Building on that success, Nextant launched its first turboprop, the G90XT, and has now entered the heavy jet category with the introduction of the 604XT. By utilizing advanced modernization techniques in the areas of avionics, power plant and structural/aerodynamic technology, Nextant offers best in class performance and comfort at a fraction of the cost of competitive aircraft.
In 2017, Nextant Aerospace, as part of the Constant Aviation portfolio of companies, merged with Air Services, LLC. The addition of Air Services’ industry leading off-wing expertise in the areas of composite manufacturing, accessory (mechanical, pneumatic and electrical) repair and overhaul, non-destructive testing (NDT), and full in-house landing gear shop has positioned Nextant as a global leader in the field of aircraft sustainment and modernization.
Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Nextant is the recipient of the Laureate Award for leadership in the field of Business Aviation. For more information, visit www.nextantaerospace.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @nextantaero or join us on LinkedIn.