18 Apr Nextant Aerospace Achieves Major Milestones on United States Air Force (USAF) Avionics Modernization Program
As a subcontractor to Field Aerospace for the T-1A Avionics Modernization Package (AMP) contract for the United States Air Force, Nextant successfully completes certification flight
CLEVELAND, OHIO, Thursday, 18 April 2019 –
Nextant Aerospace, a global leader in aircraft and component remanufacturing and builders of the 400XTi, G90XT, and 604XT, announced today that it successfully completed the initial USAF T-1A AMP certification flight to test its newly installed Avionics Modernization Program flight deck. The certification flight took place in late March from Field Aerospace’s facility in Oklahoma, United States.
The advanced AMP Flight Deck kits, designed and certified by Nextant Aerospace, are being provided to upgrade the 178 USAF T-1A Jayhawk fleet, as well as the operational flight trainers and part task trainers. The project includes upgrades for the existing cockpits to Pro Line 21TM, building multiple simulators, training aids and courseware. Nextant engineered and amended their existing Pro Line 21 Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to meet the requirements and needs of the USAF T-1A AMP Program. “Field Aerospace chose us based on our ability to work quickly and efficiently with the FAA on military commercial derivative aircraft STC projects as well as our expertise on the Pro Line 21 STC,” noted Colonel Robert Leonard (retired USAF), Nextant Aerospace Director of Government Business.
“The Nextant engineered AMP Flight Deck is configured to support the improvement of USAF Air Education and Training Command (AETC) production, while lowering cost through enhanced T-1A capability and reliability,” said Mark O’Donnell, Vice President Nextant Aerospace. “In addition, the kit eliminates avionics obsolesce issues and incorporates integrated ADS-B Out functionality to comply with FAA national airspace use requirements. We are proud to partner with Field Aerospace (the program’s prime contractor), Collins Aerospace, HEBCO, FlightSafety International, and others to support the high-quality training of USAF aircrews today and into the future.”
“The certification flight is a very important step toward providing future USAF aircrew with access to modern avionics for aviation training and simulation,“ commented Brian Love, Field Aerospace Chief Operation Officer. “This milestone would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our team and partners.”
The USAF T-1A is a training aircraft derivative of the Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP used for advanced training of airlift and tanker pilots. The 400A/XP is also used as the basis for Nextant’s popular 400XTi remanufactured aircraft program which incorporates similar advanced avionics modernization technology along with modern engines and a redesigned passenger cabin.
About Nextant Aerospace
Recognized as the global leader in aircraft and component remanufacturing, Nextant Aerospace has redefined the business aviation industry by using reimagined engineering and production capabilities to transform used business aircraft into new modern airframes. The airframes are rebuilt with innovative technology for improved performance, advanced flight deck avionics, and enhanced passenger cabin configurations. Nextant delivers a cabin class for every stage of ownership with its family of aircraft, consisting of the G90XT turboprop, 400XTi light jet, and 604XT large cabin. These best-in-class performance and comfort airframes are reborn at a fraction of the cost of new competing aircraft. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Nextant Aerospace offers a host of services including aircraft component repair and overhaul, engineering and certification, non-destructive testing (NTD), and parts and STC kitting. As the recipient of the Laureate Award for leadership in the field of Business Aviation, Nextant serves clients in the corporate, government/military, and airline transport aviation sectors. For more information visit www.nextantaerospace.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @nextantaero or join us on LinkedIn.
About Field Aerospace
Field Aerospace is an SBA-qualified small business operating in the U.S. (Field Aerospace) and Canada (Field Aviation). For more than 70 years, Field has been making ordinary aircraft extraordinary for commercial and military customers all over the world. Field is recognized as an industry leader in the design, integration, manufacture, installation, flight test, and certification of interior and exterior aircraft modifications and avionics upgrade programs. An award-winning avionics equipment dealer and authorized service center, Field offers aviation-related contractor logistics support and program management office support to the U.S. military; Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) modifications for special mission and maritime applications; and aerospace parts manufacturing and subassembly services. For more information please visit www.fieldaero.com or www.fieldav.com.