Beechcraft Premier I
|First flight||December 22, 1998|
US$ 7.1 million (2012)
The Beechcraft Premier I is a light business jet aircraft manufactured by the Beechcraft division of Hawker Beechcraft. The aircraft was designed to compete with the Cessna CitationJet series of aircraft.
Design of the Premier I began early in 1994 under the designation PD-374 (PD for Preliminary Design), and development was authorized to continue early the following year. The aircraft was officially launched at the annual National Business Aviation Association Convention in September 1995 and construction of the first prototype commenced late in 1996.
The Premier I prototype was rolled out on 19 August 1998 and its first flight was on 22 December 1998; four prototypes were used in the flight test program and its FAA Type Certificate was issued on 23 March 2001. On 22 September 2005, the upgraded Premier IA was certified.
The Premier I is constructed with a high-strength composite, carbon fiber/epoxy honeycomb structure fuselage. The Premier I and IA can be certified as light aircraft for operation by a single pilot. The powerplants are Williams International FJ44-2A engines.
The Premier I cabin internal dimensions are: 13 ft 6 in (4.11 m) long by 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) wide by 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m) tall, with a folding table, four club-type seats, two forward-facing seats and a partitioned aft toilet.
- Premier I - basic version, introduced in 2001.
- Premier IA - new cabin interior and improved systems.
- Premier II - new engines and wingtips, range increase achieved with no extra fuel. Rebranded as the Hawker 200 in October 2010, but did not enter production.
Specifications (Premier I)
Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 2003–2004
- Crew: 1-2
- Capacity: 6-7 passengers (depending on crew complement)
- Length: 46 ft 0 in (14.02 m)
- Wingspan: 44 ft 6 in (13.56m)
- Height: 15 ft 4 in (4.67 m)
- Wing area: 247.0 sq ft (22.95 m²)
- Aspect ratio: 8.0:1
- Empty weight: 7,996 lb (3,627 kg)
- Max. takeoff weight: 12,500 lb (5,670 kg)
- Powerplant: 2 × Williams FJ44-2A turbofan, 2,300 lbf (10.23 kN) each
- Maximum speed: 530 mph (461 knots, 854 km/h) at 33,000 ft (10,060 m) (max cruise)
- Range: 1,645 mi (1,430 nmi, 2,648 km) with single pilot and four passengers
- Service ceiling: 41,000 ft (12,500 m)
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
- Bombardier Learjet 40/Bombardier Learjet 45
- Learjet 70/75
- Cessna CitationJet
- Embraer Phenom 300
- SyberJet SJ30
- Grob G180 SPn
- Honda HA-420 HondaJet
- Spectrum S-40 Freedom
- Jackson, Paul. Jane's All The World's Aircraft 2003–2004. Coulsdon, UK: Jane's Information Group, 2003. ISBN 0-7106-2537-5.
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