Beechcraft Premier IA Certified in Canada

Released on Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Beechcraft Premier IA
CEO - Chief Executive Officer
HBC - Hawker Beechcraft Corporation
IFIS - Integrated Flight Information System
WICHITA, Kan. (August 1, 2007) - Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) received certification authority for the Beechcraft Premier IA from Transport Canada on July 6, 2007. The Beechcraft Premier I/IA is now certified in 44 countries around the world. MBE Jet Ltd. of Calgary Canada accepted delivery of the first Beechcraft Premier IA in Canada during the Canadian Business Aviation Association Convention in early July. The company already has a second Premier on order.

"The success of the Beechcraft Premier is all about speed, cabin size and comfort," said Brad Hatt, president, Commercial Sales. "Cruising at 450 knots with a spacious cabin, the Premier enables customers to travel in comfort quickly and efficiently. Customers in Canada will love the airplane."

"Being the first certified Premier pilot in Canada has been a real pleasure, "said Marc Bombenon, CEO of MBE Jet Ltd. "The Premier's Pro Line 21 interface is so robust, it makes single-pilot operations a breeze. We love the airplane so much, we ordered another one!"

Hawker Beechcraft delivered its first Beechcraft Premier I in 2001, delivering 135 before certifying and beginning deliveries of the Beechcraft Premier IA in 2005. In late June, HBC delivered the 200th Beechcraft Premier in a special ceremony at the company's delivery center in Wichita, Kan. The Beechcraft Premier IA is the largest and fastest single-pilot business jet in the world. It features a high-strength composite, carbon fiber/epoxy/honeycomb fuselage, produced by computer-controlled, automated machines, giving the aircraft a medium-jet sized cabin at light jet acquisition and operating costs. The powerplants are Williams International FJ44-2A engines that are built on themes of simplicity, low fuel consumption, and high-altitude thrust performance. Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics includes IFIS with total system integration and instrument placement designed to make single-pilot operation easy, simple and safe. With a 450 knot cruise speed, customers around the world purchase the airplane for its speed and large cabin.

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation is the world's leading business, special-mission and trainer aircraft manufacturer - designing, marketing and supporting aviation products and services for businesses, governments and individuals worldwide. The company's headquarters and major facilities are located in Wichita, Kan., with operations in Salina, Kan.; Little Rock, Ark.; and Chester, England, U.K. The company leads the industry with a global network of over 100 factory-owned and authorized service centers.

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