...While Fourth Hawker Horizon Joins Certification Program

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Meanwhile, Raytheon Aircraft announced late last month that the fourth example of the forthcoming Hawker Horizon entered the company's certification test program. The latest Hawker Horizon flew for 90 minutes during the initial hop. At the controls were senior test pilot Tim Miller, co-pilot Ken Sasine and flight test engineer Amin Gulamhussein. The three conducted a series of functional tests with speeds ranging from 135 to 340 knots at 15,000 feet. The fourth Hawker Horizon will conduct FAA Function and Reliability testing as part of the certification effort. In addition, it will participate in an operational evaluation that will ensure a successful entry into service and full customer satisfaction prior to initial deliveries. “This aircraft represents the final production configuration, and we were very pleased with the results of the first flight,” said David Riemer, vice president of product development and engineering. Certification and deliveries are expected by the end of this year.