Thu, May 08, 2003
The Beechcraft Premier I is now capable of flying
in tightly defined airspace throughout the world after receiving
FAA Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) Group Certification.
"Receiving group certification enables our owners to fly in the
preferred flight paths, wherever they fly," said Bob Horowitz,
president of Raytheon Aircraft’s Beechcraft Division. "One of
the Premier’s greatest strengths is its performance in
congested areas, and this group certification enhances that
Field kits for delivered Premier I aircraft are now available.
The first delivered aircraft with RVSM capability is serial number
70. RVSM is a requirement for operating in Europe, across the North
Atlantic, Pacific, and will be a requirement in the United States
by 2005. Aircraft not certified for RVSM flight are not permitted
to fly between 29,000 and 41,000 feet – the flight path with
the highest use. Aircraft flying in this flight path are spaced at
a vertical separation of 1,000 feet and must be capable of
maintaining altitude settings within a 200-foot band.
Raytheon Aircraft plans to delivery 49 Beechcraft
Premier I’s in 2003. Fuselage shell No. 100 was recently
completed on the Cincinnati Machine Viper automatic fiber placement
machine. The six-passenger Premier I is the first
composite-fuselage business jet. This state-of-the-art construction
method, combined with a metal swept wing, provides faster cruise
speed, better altitude performance, longer range, superior handling
and a cabin size that is seven inches taller and eight inches wider
than competitive entry-level business jets.
The Premier I offers unmatched guaranteed performance with a
maximum speed of 451 KTAS. With full fuel, a pilot and three
passengers, the Premier I has a 1,450-nm range. The Premier I is
powered by two Williams/Rolls FJ44-2A engines. The entire aircraft
is built with fewer parts than competitive jets for higher
maintainability and reliability.
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