Aircraft Modified By Third Parties Lose Factory Support, Beechcraft Says

By Kerry Lynch kerry.lynch@aviationweek.com
Source: AWIN First

McGeough believes the company could cover all required parts, but says even if Nextant could not, Beechcraft is legally bound to provide parts.

While Beechcraft questioned Nextant’s use of the term “remanufacturing,” McGeough stresses that the aircraft is completely revamped and delivered like new to customers, to the point where it has a new model designation for FAA approval purposes.

He says the aircraft’s concept is “value-driven” – to be able to bring an aircraft to market without carrying the costs of a $500 million-$1 billion program required to certify a new aircraft. Nextant instead is able to bring an aircraft to market with about $30 million in investment, dramatically reducing the cost-per-aircraft.

The 400XT – and now its XTi successor – will compete head-on with the Beechcraft 400XPR upgrade when it reaches market, likely later this year. When asked if Nextant was interested in purchasing the type certificates of the Hawker 4000 and Premier, McGeough says “we did consider it” but the company chose not to pursue it. But he adds that the company could be interested in the TCs for the other Hawkers – the 400 and 800 programs – should they become available.


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