CLEVELAND, OHIO, April 24, 2012 – Nextant Aerospace, maker of the 400XT, the world’s only FAA-certified remanufactured business jet, today announced that it has been awarded several new supplemental type certificates (STCs) for the 400XT. In addition to certifying an in-flight entertainment system, Nextant also received STCs for additional avionics options, many of which help to pave the way for final certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
"We are proud to attain these coveted Supplemental Type Certificates, which bring us another step closer to final EASA certification," said Jay Heublein, vice president, sales and marketing for Nextant Aerospace. "Because of its extended range, the 400XT is well-suited for European operation, and that market in particular has responded extremely well, with several of our earlier orders coming from both Western and Eastern Europe."
The STCs cover several major operational areas, including the Class "A" Terrain Awareness and Warning Systems (TAWS) system, and the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS)/Localizer performance with vertical guidance (LPV) navigational aid.
Nextant was also awarded STCs for the in-flight entertainment options offered within the 400XT’s completely remanufactured cabin. They include the Rockwell Collins Venue™ in-flight entertainment system and the Aircell Axxess™ cabin communication system that features high speed wireless internet connectivity and dual channel satellite phone service.
"Not only have we created an entirely new category of business jet with more range, speed and greater cost-effectiveness, at half the cost of comparable planes," added Mr. Heublein. "We also have created an aircraft that provides customers with constant connectivity, be it in the air while using the 400XT’s high-speed wireless Internet service or face-to-face upon touchdown."
The 400XT process employs a remanufactured airframe from the Beechjet 400A/XP aircraft, enhanced with new, state-of-the-art technology including the Williams FJ44-3AP turbofan engine, the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21™ integrated avionics suite, advanced electronics and completely rebuilt interiors. The remanufacturing process takes all life-limited components to zero-time status, either through replacement or complete overhaul, which effectively makes the 400XT a new plane in all material aspects even before the addition of advanced technology.
The resulting aircraft has a 2,003 nautical mile (3,713 km) range and cruising speed of 460 nautical miles per hour (740 km per hour). It supports a remarkable 30 percent reduction in operating costs over the 400XP, fuel efficiency improvements of 20-30 percent, depending on the length of the flight segment, significantly reduced carbon emissions and noise compliance that exceeds Stage IV requirements.
The 400XT is considered to be a new type in the Aircraft Bluebook. Further options include additional avionics features, and an optional seating configuration that allows for the most leg room of any light jet in production without sacrificing seating capacity.
Beechcraft Sales and Service GmbH (Beechcraft Augsburg) serves as Nextant’s maintenance hub in Europe, offering a full range of factory-approved services for the growing number of European 400XT owners and operators.
About Nextant Aerospace
Nextant Aerospace was founded in 2007 for the primary purpose of developing an aircraft modernization program. The company is credited with being the first to introduce the concept of aircraft remanufacturing to the business jet market. The Nextant 400XT is a remanufactured Beechjet 400A/XP equipped with the Williams FJ44-3AP engines and Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21™ integrated avionics suite. The new aircraft also benefits from significant aerodynamic enhancements including newly designed nacelles, pylons and an improved engine mounting configuration. The 400XT is delivered as a new aircraft with a two-year, full aircraft warranty. Nextant’s design and manufacturing facility is located in Cleveland, Ohio at the Cuyahoga County Airport. For more information, please visit www.nextantaerospace.com, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @nextantaero.
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