Hawker 4000 Horizon
Type: Private jet
The Hawker 4000, originally known as the Hawker Horizon, is a super-midsize business jet developed by the Raytheon Aircraft Company.
Originally announced in 1996 as the Hawker Horizon, the 4000 made its official debut in November 2005 when a development aircraft was displayed at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention. As of March 2006 orders total approximately 80 aircraft, with 11 scheduled for delivery by year end. On December 2, 2005 NetJets signed an order for 50 of the new aircraft, the largest single commercial order in the history of Raytheon Aircraft.
The Hawker 4000 is being certified to FAA FAR Part 25 standards, which places a five-year time limit on certification of a new transport category aircraft. The 4000 completed Function and Reliability Tests on May 25 2006. However, since the Part 25 five-year window expired May 31, 2006, the company filed an extension request to head off the possibility that the certification program would need to restart from the beginning. On November 21 2006 the company announced that the 4000 has received its FAA type certification. The aircraft is currently in production, and customer deliveries are expected to begin by the end of 2006.
The Hawker 4000 can be outfitted to seat eight people in a comfortable cabin configuration. This is partially due to the aircraft’s carbon composite construction, which gives it more interior space than many jets in its class. Interior standing room is an average of six feet. This composite construction also makes the aircraft much lighter than a standard aluminum structure, allowing a maximum range of 3,445 nautical miles, and a service ceiling of 45,000 feet. In the cockpit, the Hawker features a fully glass cockpit, featuring the Honeywell Primus EPIC system, similar to that found on commercial jets such as the Bombardier CRJ. This system includes five 8×10-inch LCD displays, and a fly by wire control system.
- Crew: 2 pilots
- Capacity: 8 passengers typical, 12 maximu
- Length: 69 ft 2 in (21.1 m)
- Wingspan: 61 ft 9 in (18.8 m)
- Height: 19 ft 7 in (6.0 m)
- Empty weight: 21,775 lb (9,877 kg)
- Useful load: 15,225 lb (6,906 kg)
- Max takeoff weight: 37,500 lb (17,010 kg)
- Powerplant: 2