Arrivals and Standbys
Like the prospects for Hawker Beechcraft, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in May and in July entered into funding negotiations with Chinese aircraft manufacturer Superior Aviation, the future of the Hawker 200 remains up in the air (see “Over the Rainbow,” page 41). At one time, the Wichita, Kan.–based company expected to begin delivering the 200 by the end of 2012 and had priced it at $7.5 million. Now it is unclear whether the single-pilot, six-passenger jet will ever go into production. This aircraft was designed to be an updated version of Beechcraft’s popular Premier 1A light jet, with better thrust, a higher cruise speed, and longer range. The Hawker 200 was going to have a maximum range of 1,870 miles, a cruise speed of 544 mph, and a ceiling of 45,000 feet. If produced, it will compare favorably to Cessna’s CJ series and Embraer’s Phenom 300. —M.S.
Hawker Beechcraft, www.hawkerbeechcraft.com