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Seven-Time PGA Event Champion Sergio Garcia Takes Ceremonial Delivery of First-In-Class Hawker 4000

Dépèche transmise le 22 mai 2009 par PRNewswire

GENEVA, May 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) announced that seven-time PGA Event Champion Sergio Garcia took ceremonial delivery of the revolutionary Hawker 4000 super-midsized business jet on May 12 at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland. The Hawker 4000 is first in its class, first in the world and the most advanced business jet in the world based on its innovative composite construction.

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"The outstanding performance of the Hawker 4000 is a perfect match for the outstanding performance of professional golfer and Hawker owner Sergio Garcia," said Brad Hatt, president, HBC Commercial Aircraft. "The segment-leading performance of the Hawker 4000 will deliver excellence for all of Sergio's global travel needs."

Garcia, originally from Spain, is a dedicated customer, currently owning a Hawker 850XP. Garcia turned professional in 1999 and plays on the U.S. PGA Tour and European tour.

"My schedule takes me to four continents and routinely back and forth from Europe to the United States," Garcia said. "Since purchasing my Hawker 850XP three years ago, I have not missed one of my tournaments or mission requirements. The relationship I have with HBC is second to none and I look forward to receiving my Hawker 4000."

The Hawker 4000 is faster and delivers superior cruise and range performance than competitors like the Bombardier Challenger 300. With best-in-class field performance in the super-midsize category, take-off field length (ISA, SL, MGTOW) is just 5,068 feet (1,545 m). Climb rate is exhilarating, going from sea level to 37,000 feet in just over 14 minutes. Once at altitude, the Hawker 4000 accelerates very quickly to its maximum cruise speed of Mach .84 (896 km/hr), maximizing productivity of customers by getting them quickly to their destination. The Pratt & Whitney Canada PW308A engines deliver 6,900 pounds of thrust each flat rated at ISA +22 degrees Celsius and, combined with the Hawker 4000's advanced wing design, provide stunning high altitude/hot temperature and short field performance.

The Hawker 4000's cockpit features a Honeywell Epic avionics suite with five high-resolution 8 x 10 inch (20 x 25 cm) LCD displays. It has enhanced situational awareness and flight management systems, backed by real-time system monitoring and status. The airplane comes standard with dual IRS (Inertial Reference System), dual air-cycle machines and auto-throttle that are ideally suited for long-range and trans-continental flights. Avionics and utility systems are fully integrated, and advanced composite material construction provides for lower part count, enhanced reliability and lower life-cycle costs.

The composite fuselage of the Hawker 4000 features a 6-foot (1.83 m) stand-up cabin with a 6 ft. 5.5 in. (1.97 m) width. A flat floor runs the entire length of the aircraft, leading to an impressively large 88.5 cubic ft. (2.51 cubic m)/900 lb. of baggage area, accessible during flight and on the ground through an exterior door. An eight-place interior configuration is standard with fully-articulating executive seats in double club format. The interior can be completely customized with a wide variety of materials and cabin finishes available.

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 more than 100 factory-owned and authorized service centers. For more information, visit .

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