Posted on: 28 October 2015 by Mark Howells
As part of the launch of its new 400E programme, Elliott Aviation is preparing to showcase full Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP refurbishment using one of its own jets at the indoor static location of this year’s NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition.
The refurbishment will see the aforementioned aircraft newly equipped with Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi capability and Gogo Vision (which provides on-demand movies) as well as Garmin G5000 avionics – including a Lumatech LED master warning panel – marking the first-ever field installation of the equipment in a Beechjet 400A or Hawker 400XP.
A completely redesigned interior will include a shell kit with a recessed headliner creating more headroom as well as USB charging ports, redesigned cabinetry and variable colour LED up-wash and down-wash cabin lighting, all controlled through a mobile app. It also features a redesigned arm ledge with LED accent lighting in the drink holders, window reveals, lower sidewalls and electric window shades.
“Listening to Beechjet 400A and Hawker 400XP operators, Elliott Aviation’s vision of the 400E was to take modern technologies in avionics, interior, cabin entertainment and paint design to provide additional capabilities into a proven airframe while maintaining the cost effectiveness of this aircraft,” noted Greg Sahr, Elliott Aviation’s president. “With a sound airframe that has no life limit, available overhaul or replacement of the Pratt & Whitney JT15D engines, and now a fully updated cockpit and interior, we have a great program to extend the useful life and useful load capacity of the 400 model aircraft. All of these upgrades can be done at a very affordable upgrade cost, which blows away a comparable performing new aircraft.”