Excel Jet Will Fly With Williams Engine

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Williams International will supply its certified FJ33-4A small jet engine to Excel Jet for its single-engine four-seat Sport-Jet now in development, the two companies announced here yesterday. Excel Jet President Bob Bornhofen, who also developed the Maverick TwinJet, said the Williams engine is the only one that's appropriately sized and FAA certified. Since he expects to move quickly to produce the Sport Jet, he wants an engine that's ready to go, he said. The Sport-Jet has been designed for single-pilot operation by pilots with no prior turbine experience, Bornhofen said. It will be FAA Part-23 certified and cost about $1 million. Sport-Jet was designed from the start to be insurable for the typical single-pilot general aviation operator, the company added.