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NBAA: Nextant 400XT ready for prime time

Nextant Aerospace is set to begin deliveries of its Nextant 400XT twinjet to fractional provider Flight Options, following US Federal Aviation Administration certification of the remanufactured Beechjet 400A and Hawker 400XP aircraft. Flight Options has orders for 40 aircraft.

Priced in the $4.2-$4.3 million range with "average" equipage, the aircraft features Williams International FJ44-3AP engines, Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics and a Rockwell Collins Venue cabin suite.

The company said the upgrades give the XT a 460kt (850 km/h) cruise speed, a 50% increase in NBAA IFR range to 2,005nm (3,713km) with four passengers and a 25-30% boost in fuel efficiency.

Nextant Aerospace 400NXT, Nextant Aerospace

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The 6,000 man-hour process takes all life-limited components to zero-time status, either through replacement or overhaul.

Aerodynamics improvements include a streamlined engine cowling, straightened engine beam and mounting system and an improved horizontal stabilizer.

Nextant is offering a two-year tip-to-tail warranty with "a full suite of support services" coordinated by the company. The service network includes a presence in seven markets around the country, the company said.

Flight training services include a common training curriculum and a Level D full-flight simulator.

The 400XT will compete directly with Hawker Beechcraft's remanufactured version of the same Beechjet, now in the certification process.

Called the Hawker 400XPR, the $4.2 million aircraft features Williams FJ44-4A-32 engines, Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics and Hawker composite winglets.

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