- Nextant Aerospace gifts a pair of turbofan engines to Purdue University for its test cell research program
- Purdue University’s professional flight program will become the first in the nation to operate a 400XTi
- The gift marks the start of a larger collaboration between Nextant and the University to develop training platforms for the next generation of pilots
CLEVELAND, OHIO, April 8, 2014 – Nextant Aerospace (“Nextant”), maker of the Nextant 400XTi – the world’s only remanufactured business jet – and the forthcoming G90XT turboprop, today announced the company will gift two turbofan jet engines to Purdue University’s renowned Department of Aviation Technology. The gift marks the start of a larger collaboration with the University, whose professional flight program will be the first in the nation to operate the Nextant 400XTi.
Purdue University’s Department of Aviation Technology is widely recognized as a global leader in aviation education and research, with faculty who have extensive industry experience. The Department’s influence on the future trends in aerospace is enhanced by its top-of-the-line fleet of almost two dozen airplanes and several virtual training simulators.
“With Nextant’s generous gift, future pilots and engineers will have hands-on access to turbofan engines, which will be utilized in our test cell training research program,” said Michael Suckow, Assistant Department Head for Aviation Technology. “We are equally excited to take delivery of our first 400XTi. The aircraft is a great solution for the needs of the University. It gives us nonstop range anywhere in the country and does so at the lowest operating cost in its class.”
“We are proud to support the Department of Aviation Technology,” said Sean McGeough, President of Nextant Aerospace. “Pilot training has always been close to our hearts. Today, Purdue University is on the leading edge of undergraduate and graduate aviation education for all aspects of aviation technology and we are delighted to be a small part of that.”
The engines will be presented to the Department’s faculty and students during a ceremony in the second week in April. During the ceremony Jay Heublein, Nextant Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing, will speak on the latest advances in engines, avionics and Nextant’s revolutionary remanufacturing technology.
About Nextant Aerospace
Nextant Aerospace is recognized as the first company in the world to introduce aircraft remanufacturing to the business jet market. The Nextant 400XTi is a completely rebuilt Beechjet 400A/XP with Williams FJ44-3AP engines and the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21™ integrated avionics suite. It also has major aerodynamic enhancements and an improved engine mounting configuration with redesigned nacelles and pylons. The 400XTi is delivered with a two-year full-aircraft warranty and after-sales support provided by a global network of owned and authorized service centers. Using the same winning combination of new tech in remanufactured airframes, Nextant is expected to repeat this success with the turboprop G90XT, powered by the next-generation GE H75 engine. Founded in 2007, Nextant is a Directional Capital company based in Cleveland, Ohio. For more information, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @nextantaero or join us on LinkedIn.
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