24 Oct Nextant Aerospace Unveils Fully Conforming G90XT at NBAA 2016
- World’s first business aviation turboprop with single lever power control technology and electronic engine control system
- Proprietary GARMIN G1000 suite with fully integrated engines, fuel and pressurization system functionality
- Outperforms Legacy King Air models by 23 knots at altitude while burning less fuel
CLEVELAND, OHIO, October 24, 2016 –Nextant Aerospace, builders of the 400XTi – the world’s only fully remanufactured business jet, will formally introduce its first fully conforming G90XT turboprop at NBAA 2016 in Orlando. The aircraft features the new H75 engine by GE in distinctive, redesigned nacelles; along with a forward looking, fully integrated GARMIN G1000 cockpit and the world’s first electronically controlled, single lever control system in a turboprop.
“The turboprop market as a whole has not benefited from the significant technology advances that have driven the business jet market over recent decades,” stated Jay Heublein, Executive Vice President for Nextant Aerospace. “The G90XT is setting a new industry standard for simplicity, maintainability, and safety in the turboprop market.”
Powered by the GE H75 engine, the G90XT delivers a 10% improvement in Specific Fuel Consumption (SFC) relative to the current production aircraft, while achieving a 23 knot speed advantage at altitude due to the thermodynamic potential of its core. Additionally, the engine benefits from an advanced fuel delivery system which negates the requirement for a midlife hot-section, and allows for a 4,000 hour TBO; driving significantly lower maintenance costs. Nextant engineers had one overriding goal with the fight deck- perfect a simplistic, single pilot operating platform. This begins with the single lever electronic control system, complemented by an over-sized MFD; the first in this series of aircraft to integrate digital engine and fuel system indication, allowing for more accurate management by the pilot. The G90XT is also the first airframe in this series to feature an all new, digitally controlled pressurization system linked directly into the FMS.
“I’m confident there will be many applications for the new G90XT in corporate and special-missions environments, but it will be particularly appealing to owner operators in the Americas,” observed Nathan Marker, Chief Pilot and Vice President of Flight Operations at Nextant Aerospace. “The attributes of overall operational simplicity, a great cabin, and exceptional performance for a turboprop, should prove a very successful combination.”
The primary aircraft has already received FAA certification and Nextant has just commenced the final phase of test flight, which will incorporate the electronic engine and single lever power control system into the existing airframe certification. Nextant expects to achieve final certification in Q1 of 2017 and will begin deliveries immediately following.
About Nextant Aerospace
Nextant’s pioneering process for remanufacturing business jets is now recognized as an established technical and commercial success worldwide with significant sales in every major operator category and class-leading levels of comfort, performance and reliability – all at a purchase price half that of comparable aircraft. The revolutionary 400XTi light jet features Williams FJ44-3AP engines and the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21™ integrated flight deck. The same winning combination will soon be available in the Nextant G90XT turboprop powered by next-generation GE H75-100 engines and introducing an enhanced Garmin G1000 integrated flight deck.