Hawker Beechcraft says it's about halfway to certification of the Hawker 200 light business jet it unveiled last October at the National Business Aviation Association convention in Atlanta. Executive Vice President Shawn Vick said the second preproduction 200 had its first flight last week and is now taking part in the certification flight testing. There are also two modified Beech Premier jets. The 200 is an updated version of the Premier 1A and was originally named the Premier 2. Although they look the same on the outside, the systems changes and performance upgrades make it virtually a new aircraft.
The 200 has Williams FJ44-3AP engines that give it a 20-percent range boost (up to 1,500 nm with four pax) and a cruise speed of up to 473 knots. It will, of course, sport a full glass cockpit with all the bells and whistles and it will include a 10-year warranty on the composite fuselage. Cost is about $7.5 million. Vick said there will be a new full-scale mockup of the fuselage making the show rounds this year to gauge customer response to the layout and choice of materials.