PICTURES: Hawker 4000 business jet due in second quarter

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Source: Flightglobal.com
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Hawker Beechcraft is planning to deliver the first Hawker 4000 business jet during the second quarter, seven years later than originally planned.

The super mid-size aircraft has completed 150h of continuous function and reliability testing "over a course of 15 days", says company president commercial sales, Brad Hatt, who adds that the company is working with the US Federal Aviation Administration "on the necessary paperwork".

 
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He says aircraft serial number 7 has its interior installed and will handed over to the a private customer in May or June.

Hatt is tightlipped on the expected delivery tally this year for the $21 million aircraft, but says "aircraft with serial numbers in the mid-20s are already on the production line".

 
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Deliveries of the eight-seat Hawker 4000 were put on hold following type certification in November 2006 while the airframer worked on a number of post-certification modifications, including boosting the maximum takeoff weight by 910kg (2,000lb) to accommodate a similar increase in empty weight, an 7,000ft (2,140m) increase in maximum operating altitude to 45,000ft and approval for flight into known icing.