Hawker 400XPR achieves FAA certification; first full upgraded 400XPR inducted

WICHITA, Kan., (Sept. 15, 2016) – Beechcraft Corporation, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation, Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced today that it has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification on all 400XPR program elements. All components of the exclusive factory-approved, engineered and supported upgrade package are available for installation on Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP aircraft at Textron Aviation service centers worldwide. The first full Hawker 400XPR factory-completed aircraft is currently in work and expected to deliver later this year.

“We offer the best – and the only factory-approved – upgrade solution for Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP owners, significantly improving their aircraft’s performance, operating cost and resale value,” said Brad Thress, senior vice president, Customer Service. “Our customers have been extremely impressed with the aircraft’s outstanding performance and we are eager to provide our 400A/400XP owners and operators with the confidence that comes only from an upgrade engineered and supported by the original manufacturer.”

The 400XPR program is fully customizable, can be performed in stages or in unison and can be completed in as little as 12 weeks. The full Hawker 400XPR package includes Genuine Hawker Winglets and new Williams International FJ44-4A-32 engines, a combination that offers a 33 percent increase in range along with improvements in runway and hot/high performance. The Hawker 400XPR has a range of 1,970 nautical miles with four passengers departing a 5,000-foot elevation airport at 30°C. The Williams International FJ44-4A-32 engines enable the Hawker 400XPR to climb directly to FL450 in only 19 minutes at max takeoff weight.

In addition to winglets and new engines, the 400XPR offers customers the option of retaining their aircraft’s existing Rockwell Collins Pro Line 4 avionics or upgrading with Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics. Customers can also choose between multiple exterior repaint and interior refurbishment options, along with a customized, factory certified re-conditioning that includes Textron Aviation’s industry leading ProParts coverage and a five year Williams International engine warranty.

About Textron Aviation Service
Textron Aviation, through its Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker brands, is renowned for its unrivaled global service network dedicated to complete life-cycle support. Textron Aviation’s support organization includes a global footprint of company-owned service centers staffed with expert service engineers offering maintenance, inspections, parts, repairs, avionic upgrades, equipment installations, refurbishments and other specialized services. In addition to its company-owned footprint, Textron Aviation’s jet and turboprop customers have access to a global network of nearly 200 authorized service facilities. Textron Aviation also offers a mobile support program featuring more than 60 mobile service units, three dedicated support aircraft, and on-site service technicians and support. Find additional information about Textron Aviation’s service programs at http://txtav.com/en/service.

For more information on the XPR upgrade program, visit http://txtav.com/en/service/400xpr.

About Textron Aviation Inc.
Textron Aviation Inc. is the leading general aviation authority and home to the Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker brands, which account for more than half of all general aviation aircraft flying. The Textron Aviation companies include Cessna Aircraft Company and Beechcraft Corporation, bringing together decades of unmatched experience in designing, building and supporting airplanes. It provides the most versatile and comprehensive general aviation product portfolio in the world through five principal lines of business: business jets, general aviation and special mission turboprop aircraft, high performance piston aircraft, military trainer and defense aircraft, and a complete global customer service organization. Its broad range of products include such best-selling aircraft as Citation and Hawker business jets, King Air and Caravan turboprops and T-6 military trainer aircraft, all of which are backed by the industry’s most capable global service network. For more information, visit txtav.com.

About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Bad Boy Off Road, Textron Systems, and TRU Simulation + Training. For more information visit: www.textron.com.

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SOURCE: Textron Aviation Inc.